Roof shingles are an integral part of your home. But, you may not know much about them. Most homeowners would be pressed to explain what a shingle is or how they are manufactured. If you have questions ahead of a roof repair in the Nashville area, here is a quick 101 on shingles to help you better understand what's going on your roof.

What are Roofing Shingles Made of?

Roof shingles are made from a wide range of materials, such as asphalt, wood, or metal. According to Home Innovation Research Labs, 80% of residential homes in the US have asphalt shingle roofs. The same organization also notes that metal roofs are installed on just over 10% of homes.

What are Composite Shingles?

Composite shingles is a broad term to refer to any roofing shingle that is made from a combination of materials, usually including man-made materials, like:

  • Synthetic Polymers
  • Recycled Plastics
  • Wood
  • Fiberglass
  • Polyester

These materials may be compressed into shape using stone or wood shingle impressed molds, so they give the appearance of a natural roof.

What Are Architectural Shingles?

A step up from your standard 3-tab shingles, the architectural shingle gives roof installations a multidimensional appearance. These shingle panels are layered with some shingles being taller than others. The design gives your roof added depth and interest from the play of shadow and light across these shingles.

How Are Composite Shingles Different From Asphalt?

The term, composite shingles, is used to refer to a broad range of roofing types that may include asphalt shingles. Don't be surprised if you see asphalt shingles listed as composite shingles, especially if they are manufactured from tar and stone granules on a fiberglass sheet. Older asphalt shingles may be made from tar and stone granules on wool or rock felt.

Architectural Shingles vs Asphalt Shingles

An architectural shingle is designed to create a multidimensional appearance, but it may be manufactured from one of a variety of materials. For instance, you might see asphalt shingles or metal shingles that are also architectural shingles.

Are GAF Shingles Made in the USA?

Yes! GAF shingles are an American-made product. GAF has manufacturing, design, and production facilities located throughout North America, including Maryland, Georgia, and Texas.

Grab a Precise Price Estimate for Roofing Shingles in Nashville

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  • Roofing
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  • Storm Damage
  • Commercial Remodeling

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