Shingling a Roof with Architectural Tiles

Are you looking for the next best thing in roofing? Actually, you can ask the question: Is there a ‘next best thing’ in roofing? The answer to that is an emphatic “Yes!” Check out architectural shingles. While they have been on the market for a while, acceptance in Australia for what is the most popular type of roofing material in the USA has been slow, but steady. Architectural shingles are gaining in popularity in the roofing market due to their ‘new’ look and their hardy structure. If you have seen regular asphalt shingles, the architectural roofing shingles are made in much the same way, however, they bring a ‘wow’ factor to the look of a home resulting in their growing popularity.


GAF Timberline HD Architectural Shingles

We are talking about the GAF Timberline product in this instance. GAF is the largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products in North America. It has been going since 1886 and over that time it has developed a reputation which it takes seriously. The company produces shingles that perform well due to the quality of the materials used and their asphalt shingles add to the beauty of any home or commercial building for a reasonable price. The GAF Architectural Timberline shingle has a lifetime warranty.side view of asphalt architectural shingles

All American Roofing proudly uses GAF materials for their Timberline HD roof shingles. The Timberline product is energy efficient, impact resistant and presents as superior quality at good value. Customers have a wide range of colours from which to choose. All American Roofing offers customers the best roofing solution for your home and free estimates.

Roof Shingles – an Architect’s Best Friend        

For architects, shingling a roof using these specially made architectural shingles, adds another dimension to their building design options. It’s a critical aspect of building design to know the design and performance details of the materials being used, whether it be for construction or renovation. There are available to architects and building designers all the technical information and material specifications of the GAF asphalt tiles.
When it comes to the roof, people already have a preconceived idea in their minds. Customers that want their home to look a little different than all the other homes around them in the neighbourhood, can now choose from more than a concrete or terracotta tile and steel or colorbond roof. In certain high profile suburbs, how do you go about making an architecturally designed home look a little different?

The roof of a house, or any building of one or two storeys, intends to dominate the appearance when you look at street appeal. With an architectural shingle roofed property, your home would certainly capture more than the odd glance, simply because it looked very different. Here’s a few more reasons to seriously consider the GAF Timberline roofing shingle:

Versatility – If you’re looking for a custom roofing solution then asphalt roofing shingles can be adapted to angles, shapes and forms limited only by your imagination.

Variety in Design – If you want your roof to look like an expensive, architect design project, then these shingles provide a cost effective alternative.

Fire rating – With changes occurring in the construction industry regarding the combustibility of cladding material, it’s comforting to know that asphalt shingles with a fibreglass mat are rated the highest when it comes to fire rating – Class A.

Installation – It’s not recommended as a DIY job, but installation of an asphalt shingled roof by properly trained roofing contractors is easy enough. Warranty and quality are important aspects of a professional installation.

Availability of Colours – There is a wide range of colours available that will help to compliment your home and certainly enhance curb appeal.

Characteristics of the GAF Timberline Shingle

An asphalt shingle is made by coating a heavy paper base with asphalt and a granule substance that give it properties to repel rain, sleet and snow. Admittedly, there’s not a lot of snow that falls in Australian cities, but it’s comforting to know its capabilities when you are shingling a roof with architectural shingles. That being said, the architectural shingles have a more refined look than the standard three tab asphalt shingle. They are a bit thicker and made with asphalt that is more refined. You might see architectural shingles go by different names such as dimensional, laminated or composite shingles. They have a three dimensional appearance. There’s not too many people who would choose to use slate to roof their home, but some architectural shingles look a lot like slate – without the expense and the weight. That means you don’t need to reinforce your roof to take the heavy weight associated with slate (if that was a choice). roof shingles being laid

Your architectural shingles will stand up to strong winds around 190 kph, that’s more than comparative with Colorbond and tiles. The winning characteristic though when shingling a roof with architectural shingles is not only that they are protecting your home but also how great they look. Admittedly they are a little more expensive than the standard asphalt shingle, but homeowners are finding their sensational look to be worth the extra spend.

Shingling a Roof for Street Appeal

Why are they the most popular when people are choosing something different in roofing? Here’s a few reasons:

  • Better weather resistance
  • Higher wind tolerance
  • A heavier shingle
  • Great selection of colours and textures.

If you look at a roof fitted with architectural shingles, it seems like they are moulded to the roof deck. The maintenance and installation cost is almost the same as the cheaper asphalt shingle, so those factors need not be considered. Check out this relatively new style of roofing as soon as possible.

All American Roofing is a roofing contractor with over thirty years in the business and they install roofs in many cities. If you want more information or want to get a roofing quote or take a look at this product, get in touch via their contact page.

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