Asphalt shingles are the most popular shingles in the U.S. today. Because this type of shingle has a lot of benefits and can accommodate many design options and budgets, the asphalt shingle has stood the test of time. Have you ever wondered how shingles are made?
Shingles are made of fiberglass matting, asphalt, fire/water resistant coating, stone granules, and sealant. Roofing plants across the country adhere to stringent standards to process tons of raw materials that create high-quality, durable, flexible asphalt shingles that find their way to homes across America.
Have you ever wondered how shingles are made?
The process starts when fiberglass mats are received at the manufacturer. These mats serve as the shingle base. The mats are first saturated on both sides with asphalt material. The asphalt material includes a fire retardant that both seals it and protects it from the elements. This process creates a product that is durable, water-resistant, and performs well in most climates.
Next, stone granules are applied. These granules increase durability by providing a defense against sunlight, moisture, and hail. They are also used to create an aesthetically pleasing look. The granules are composed of mined rock with an applied ceramic coating. The ceramic coating is colored to create various shingle colors. Then the base sheet is fed through a press that embeds the granules. Afterward, heavy duty sealant is applied to fuse the materials together. Asphalt shingles are designed to withhold their cohesiveness even during strong winds and storms.
Finally, cutting machines slice the sheet into individual shingles that are then stacked and bundled. The bundles are wrapped in packaging and transported to warehouses prior to being shipped to homes across the U.S.
While asphalt shingles are only about 3/16th of an inch thick, with the requisite wood sheeting underneath it creates a sturdy covering for your home. Depending on the design, asphalt shingle roofs can last between 15-40 years or more!
At New Heights Roofing we strive to be the best roofing consultants in the area. We are local, and well-versed in the needs of the Northern, Kentucky/Cincinnati area. Call us today to discuss your roofing options.