Roofing Options

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The type and color of asphalt shingles chosen for a roof will contribute greatly to the overall external appearance of a house. There are many other types of shingles like wood and clay, but asphalt shingles are a common choice, that generally come in architectural or 3-Tab styles.

3-Tab Shingles

Being thinner than architectural shingles, these shingles are more economical. They weigh about 50% less than architectural shingles and generally have a 15-20-year lifespan. 3-tab shingles are used often by builders and remodelers when working on projects with smaller budgets.

Architectural Shingles

These are premium grade roofing shingles that are thicker and feature a textured appearance. They are sometimes referred to as dimensional or laminated shingles, and are considered to be of the highest quality. Constructed from a heavy fiber glass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules, they provide great water resistance. Architectural shingles deliver a stunning three-dimensional impression, and have a 24-30-year lifespan.

Starting & Finishing Details

Perfection is in the details. Begin your roof with a straight-edged time saver and finish it with gorgeous accents that add even more protection. Starter strips and hip & ridge cap shingles are essential elements used by pros to elevate the quality of their work.

Shingle Starter Strip

Start your roofing project right and make your installation time faster by installing pre-cut starter strips. Besides saving you the time of cutting starter rows for shingles, these strips provide a straight-edged finished look, taking your undertaking to professional status.

Hip & Ridge Cap Shingles

Cutting up shingles for hips and ridges is a thing of the past. These architectural finishing shingles contribute much more than accentuating detail. They provide additional protection for high-stress areas of a roof while creating a beautiful, polished look and making homeowners happy.


Underlayment is a very important component in roofing. Generally, it is an asphalt felt or synthetic felt attached to the deck of a roof right before the shingles are placed. It serves as a good bonding surface for shingles as well as a secondary line of defense against moisture.

Synthetic Underlayment

Created as an alternative to felt, synthetic underlayment is constructed by blending polypropylene and polymer.  This new generation underlayment is as water-resistant as asphalted felt, yet lighter and stronger. It has a become a great option in roofing, especially because its recent competitive pricing.

Felt Underlayment

Felt underlayment is usually constructed with asphalt and other water-resistant compounds. It comes in either #15 or #30 sizes, and measures 36 inches wide. It is a solid and popular choice in underlayment and generally serves best for projects with a smaller budget.

Radiant Barrier

There are many options of sheathing, but a wise choice is one that saves energy and makes a home’s temperature more comfortable. That’s exactly what radiant barrier sheathing can do. LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier Sheathing is designed to lower a home’s attic temperature. These panels have been installed in more than 1.5 million homes in the United States. Product features include:

Efficiency – Blocks up to 97% of the radiant heat in the roof panel from entering the structure, reducing an attic’s temperature by up to 30° F.

Availability – Available in warm climate regions throughout the United States.

Innovation – Patented VaporVents™ technology with post-lamination incising.

Workability – Installs like conventional roof sheathing, requiring no additional labor.

Energy Conscious – May help builders qualify for Green Building credits, energy rebates and lower HERS scores.

Sustainability – Wood sourced through programs certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.

20-Year Transferable Limited Warranty – Backed by a long-term warranty you won’t find with competitive products so you can build with security and confidence.


Proper roofing ventilation is crucial in maintaining comfortable living conditions in a home as well as keeping it functioning efficiently in respect to temperature and moisture control. In hotter climates, the main purpose of roof ventilation is to reduce solar-heated, hot air in the roof and/or attic. This will in turn make the habitat’s temperature more comfortable and reduce energy usage. In cooler climate, moisture from the living space needs to be ventilated through the roof. Ventilation is also need to maintain a cold roof temperature. This will avoid melting snow complications such as ice damn formation. Listed below are five types of roof vents:

Ridge Vents

Ridge vents provide uniform cooling along the entire roof deck.

Power Vents

With balanced motor and blade design, power vents quickly exhaust heat or humidity from any attic.

Static Vents

Roof louvers, wall louvers, and wind turbines are types of static vents.

Attic Intake Vents

An attic intake vent is an opening installed low at a roof’s edge or in the soffit.

Foundation Vents

Foundation vents help eliminate moisture, preventing rot and insect damage.

Whole-House Fans

Whole-house fans are installed in a central and pull fresh outdoor air through open windows.