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The roof is one of the most important parts of a house. It is the first line of defense against a myriad of elements that beat out siding and windows. Because an improperly installed roof can be detrimental to a structure, familiarizing yourself with your roofing options is important before starting work on any project. In this post, we will be looking at the three main types of asphalt shingles you have to choose from.

Three-tab organic

Simply put, this is the standard option. It is available in three foot strip showing 3 tabs. These shingles have a lifespan of 20 years in most areas though it is not uncommon for them to last for up to 30 years. The shingles are made up of thin fiber sheet which are made from wood and/or paper composite. The sheet is immersed in soft asphalt cement and run through a roller to form the roofing (dakwerken) shingle. It is then recoated with heavier asphalt. Ceramic granule coating is added to add strength.

Three-tab fiberglass

This is almost identical to the three-tab organic only that it uses fiberglass matt in place of the wood/ paper foundation. Fiberglass matt doesn’t take up a lot of asphalt during pressing and roller processes. As a result, the material is lighter and much easier to install. It further offers more protection against tear. However, roof renovation (dakrenovatie) is common when three-tab fiberglass is used in areas with high winds. The material easily rips off. Additionally, since these shingles don’t have a lot of asphalt, they get brittle over time.

Architectural shingles

Often times, these materials are referred to as laminated shingles. During manufacturing, two layers of shingles are used. The material is hence heavier and less susceptible to high winds. They can withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour. These roofing shingles further give a three-dimensional wood shingle appearance to a structure thereby increasing curb appeal.

Your choice of any of the three roofing options will depend on where you live, your budget and the impression you wish to create. Make sure you hire a great installer to help with the project.

With over two decades of experience as a roofing company, Dakwerken Apers is one of the best companies you can contact for your roofing and roof renovation needs. The company has an impressive arsenal of roofing equipment and works with an experienced team of contractors to help with any project may it be roof installation or roof renovation in Antwerpen.


References: Roofing Tips – Understanding the 3 Types of Asphalt Shingles By Ton Heminck available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.