Asphalt Roofing


One of the most common types of sloped roofing is asphalt. Asphalt roofing is easy to install and less expensive than other roofing options, such as metal cladding, slate or wood. Asphalt shingles are generally one of two types: organic or fibreglass. Each type contains several layers designed to provide colour, protection and strength to your roof.

Asphalt shingles have high wind and fire resistance, so they’re a great choice for any roof. If you’re interested in asphalt roofing in Calgary, rely on Onit Roofing & Exteriors Inc. We’re experts in roofing replacements and repairs, so no matter your needs we can help.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
As mentioned above, asphalt roofing comes in two types: organic and fibreglass. Organic shingles are the older of the two, made of cellular substrate, recycled paper and asphalt, all compressed under high pressure. Organic shingles are flexible, easy to install in cold weather, tear-resistant and easy to hide imperfections. Organic shingles are also heavier than fibreglass shingles, making them more wind resistant and better at withstanding temperature changes.

Fibreglass shingles are a newer design and are currently more popular. They are made of a glass-fibre mat with an asphalt coating and mineral granules. They can be made thicker with more layers, they are lighter than organic shingles and they are less expensive. Fibreglass shingles are the more fire resistant option, and due to their notched ends, fibreglass shingles are less likely to lift up over time.
Options for Asphalt Roofing in Calgary
Asphalt roofing is not only offered in two different materials, it also comes with several design options. Both organic and fibreglass asphalt shingles can be:
3-Tab: The oldest design for asphalt shingles, 3-tab shingles are laid in flat rows without any overlapping. They are an economical option, great for roofs with slopes between 4:12 and 2:12. They are available in many colour options as well, so you can match you roof to the colour of your home.
Laminate: Growing in popularity, laminate shingles are laid in overlapping layers that add depth and texture to a roof. They provide your roof with an attractive element, available in many colours. They should not be used on roofs with less than a 4:12 slope.
Architectural: Perhaps the most aesthetically appealing option, architectural shingles are available in many different designs and patterns. They can be made to simulate slate or wood roofing, providing unique texture to your home. They are available in many colours to match your home and are good on roofs of all slopes above 2:12.
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Asphalt shingles are made of fire and wind resistant materials, offer a wide range of colour and design options, are the most affordable type of roofing and are relatively easy to install. Perfect for roofs at almost every slope, asphalt roofing in Calgary will add an affordable level of curb appeal and protection to your home or building. If your roof needs some repairs or a complete replacement, contact Onit Roofing today. We can help you choose the best shingles for the slope and design of your roof.