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Asphalt shingles come in a variety of styles to complement any architectural design and increase a home’s curb appeal. The three most common styles are strip shingles, laminate shingles, and designer shingles. Asphalt roofing is also available in rolls for low slope roofs. Let’s take a look at what makes each style unique.
Strip Shingles: Strip shingles consist of a single layer of shingle material. Cut outs in the shingle, called keyways, create tabs. Malarkey uses two cut outs to produce what is referred to as a 3-tab shingle, which creates the traditional asphalt shingle look.
Laminate Shingles: Laminate shingles, also known as architectural, are typically made of two shingle layers which are sealed together with lamination adhesive. For a traditional laminate, the top layer is cut into a saw tooth pattern and laminated to an uncut second layer, known as the backer or shim. This gives the shingle a more dimensional look than a traditional 3-tab shingle. Special color blends of granules are strategically applied to the shingle and a shadow line is added to create further dimension for a distinguished look.
Designer Shingles: Some manufacturers have shingles that break the mold of traditional 3-tab and laminate shingles, which we will refer to as designer shingles. For example, the Windsor is a double layer open tab laminated shingle. Windsor shingle tabs vary in size and placement, resulting in a distinct look from traditional 3-tab and laminate shingles.
Roll Roofing: Low slope or flat roofs on residential homes use roll roofing. Roll roofing is similar to strip shingle material, but it is sold in roll form. Roll roofing is often available in shingle colors to compliment the steep slope shingles of your home and can be applied in a variety of ways.