Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in the US and consist of a base material called 'felt' that is made of rag fiber or fiberglass mat that is impregnated with asphalt for waterproofing. The asphalt is topped with mineral or ceramic granules that block ultra-violet light that causes the shingle to deteriorate. The granules also give the shingles their color and pattern. As shingles age, the granules fall off and the asphalt below dries up.
CD Kaller is certified by the leading manufactures of asphalt shingles and is able to offer the best - and longest - manufacturers' warranties There are 2 main types of asphalt tiles: Architectural and 3-Tab (flat). The major manufacturers make both in a wide variety of styles and with certain features such as solar reflectivity (see our article on Cool Roofs and treatments to prevent staining and fading for as long as 50 years.
Architectural shingles are thicker, stronger and come in a wide variety of styles that can offer a more natural, traditional look. These shingles are more expensive up front but last longer and are available with the best manufacturers' warranties. Some come with special coatings that prevent staining and discoloration over the life of the shingles.
Architectural shingles can have warranties as long as 50 years.
CD Kaller offers a full line of shingles from all the top manufacturers: GAF, Certainteed, Owens-Corning, Tamko and Atlas. Each is high quality and has a large selection of shingles. We can help you choose the best fit for your home.
3-Tab shingles are less expensive up front that Architectural Shingles but are thinner, lighter and may not last as long. Still they are a popular, economical choice for many homeowners and should offer your home protection for a 10-15 years.
All the top manufacturers also have a full line of 3-tab shingles and CD Kaller can help you choose the best fit for your home.
Solar Reflective Shingles include granules of aluminum, titanium oxide or other materials that reflect sunlight and heat to help keep your roof cool and drastically reduce you cooling costs in summer. See our article on Cool Roofs
Stain Resistant Shingles
Atlas has come out with shingles impregnated with copper particles to prevent the growth of algae. Algae causes long black stains and can also damage your shingles. Atlas's Scotchguard shingles come with up to a 50 year warranty against stains.