Asphalt roofs are the most cost-effective roofing application and are relatively long-lasting. Most of our customers choose to install an asphalt roof. However, within asphalt roofs there are a variety of options and brands to choose from, each bringing their own unique benefits and advantages to you. We can help you decide what type of asphalt roof is best for you based on your current situation and budget. Important factors to consider when shopping for a roof include the length of time you expect to be in the house, the importance of how the shingles look, warranties, and your budget.
At a high-level there are three main categories of asphalt shingles. The first and most popular category is the architectural or dimensional shingle. These shingles are the most popular and generally are rated to last for 50 years. These shingles are the most popular because they are affordable and come with better features (ex., warranty, algae resistance) than their 3-tab counter parts. We sell all brands of architectural shingles but our most popular brand is Atlas. We are also factory certified with GAF, IKO, and TAMKO. As previously mentioned, each brand has its own unique benefits as explained on the applicable sub-tabs.
The second type of asphalt shingle is the “3-tab” shingle. These shingles are rated to last between 20 and 30 years but sometimes last 15 years or less. Three-tab shingles are only marginally less expensive than architectural shingles and only last about half as long. However, a three-tab shingle may be the correct option for you if you are on a very tight budget or are about to sell your house.
The third general category of shingle is the specialty or designer shingle. These include the GAF Camelot and Camelot II shingles and the CertainTeed Grand Manor shingle. Designer shingle are heavier than your typical architectural shingle and add a unique look to your home that can more closely resemble a cedar or slate roof. There are a number of designer shingle available and we can walk you through various options if it is something that you are interested in or are required to purchase because of your HOA.
The Atlas Pinnacle® Pristine with Scotchgard Protector™ is our most popular shingle. Quite frankly, we believe that the Atlas Pinnacle Pristine shingle offers the most value for many of our clients for the following reasons:
- It is the only shingle in the world with a lifetime algae resistance limited warranty against algae streaks and algae stains.
- It has a wider nailing zone to help ensure that your shingles are not high-nailed. Note, when shingles are high-nailed they tend to come loose over time or blow off during high-winds.
- It has a 130mph wind rating with a standard 4-nail application as opposed to a 110mph wind rating
- It has a larger exposure area so that significantly less shingles and nails are used over the course of your roof.
GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. A Plus Roofing is factory certified by GAF in both shingle and flat roof applications and can thus provide extended warranties for both. For example, being a Weather Stopper System Plus contractor for asphalt shingle installation, enables us to offer you a 50-year warranty that covers any material defects and the labor costs to replace those defects! For more information on this warranty, visit the following page: http://www.gaf.com/roofing/residential/warranty_information. We are also an Authorized Roofing Contractor for GAF’s Commercial Roofing Products Division. This enables us to offer GAF’s Integrated Roofing System Warranty, which is discussed more in the Flat Roof section of the website.
Additionally, when we install a GAF roof we use the corresponding GAF components as depicted below.
GAF offers you many great Lifetime Shingle choices, including Timberline® Shingles with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology. They’re the #1-selling shingles in North America!
Cobra Attic Ventilation
Helps remove excess heat and moisture from your attic that can raise your energy bills, cause premature peeling of interior paint and wallpaper, and even affect your health.
Roof Deck Protection
Allows moisture to escape from your attic while providing an exceptionally strong layer of protection against wind-driven rain. Also, lies flatter for a better-looking roof.
Starter Strip Shingles
Saves time, eliminates waste, and reduces the risk of blow-off…and may even help qualify for upgraded wind warranty coverage (see GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty† for details).
Provides exceptional protection against leaks caused by roof settling and extreme weather. Ideal upgrade at all vulnerable areas (including at the eaves in the North*).
Ridge Cap Shingles
Enhances the beauty of your home while guarding against leaks at the hips and ridges.
We use Tamko shingles for most of our commercial projects as well as for most of our 3-tab shingle work. Tamko shingles offer an outstanding value to our commercial clients because Tamko does not reduce its warranty when used in commercial applications. Visit the following link for more information on TAMKO shingles: https://www.tamko.com. The information below shows product and warranty information for the TAMKO Heritage and TAMKO Elite Glass Seal shingles:
We are an IKO ShieldPRO Plus Certified Contractor and can offer you an enhanced manufacturer’s warranty. The IKO Cambridge architectural shingle is one of the prettiest 50-year shingles available. The IKO shingle is also one of the heaviest shingles in its class so it may last longer than other shingles in its class. Visit the following link for more information on the IKO Cambridge shingle: https://www.iko.com/na/products/homeowner/residential/roofing-shingles/architectural/cambridge/
Designer shingles such as GAF Camelot and Camelot II or CertainTeed Grand Manor shingles are designed to look like slate or cedar shake but cost significantly less. They add a unique style to any home, especially those with a steep roof. Though these shingles cost a little more, they may be the optimal choice if your roof is readily visible, in an upscale neighborhood, or required by your HOA.
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We Were Totally Pleased
A Plus Roofing recently replaced our roof, and we were very pleased with their professionalism, attention to detail, and the overall quality of the job they did. From the initial quoting process, during which Bill Kain explained how they would do things and the extra things A Plus Roofing would do to make the job look and go well, to the care of the actual workers in protecting everything around our house as they did their work, to the final cleanup of the job, we were totally pleased with our choice in contractors. I plan to use A Plus Roofing for other work on my house in the future (gutters done with roof, siding and window work in the plan), and I will heartily recommend them to all of my friends and neighbors without hesitation.
Very professional. Did exactly what they said they would do. No surprises.
The experience with A+ Roofing was excellent. I would recommend this company for their courteous, professional, and efficient service and expertise. We are most pleased with our new roof and the workmanship of the project. The roofing crew was amazing to watch....so hardworking and professional. Mr. Kain was in touch during the whole project and we knew were in good hands. Many thanks!
We Are Very Satisfied
This was our first roofing experience. We checked the company out online and asked the company for references from previous jobs. I talked to two previous customers (1 asphalt roof and 1 metal roof on residential homes) and both couldn't say enough good things about the company, their crews and the quality of their work. We are very satisfied and would definitely recommend them to others.
Would Definitely Recommend!
The team was professional and thorough. The house looks like a completely different house with the beautiful new roof! There was not a speck of debris left in our yard. After the roof was on and the materials were cleaned up, I was impressed to see the workers carefully going around our whole property using giant magnets to pick up any loose nails that may have fallen. We've had over a foot of snow and several heavy rains and have been very snug under our new roof. Would definitely recommend!