Three tab shingles
3-Tab shingles are the most basic and least expensive asphalt shingles available. These shingles have little dimension, and have a rectangular shape. We install these shingles the least and in most cases we recommend customers install the architectural laminated shingle style as they are generally a better value for the price.
Architectural laminated shingles
The laminated shingle (also called heritage and composite) is the most common shingle style selected by consumers. These shingles provide more dramatic shadow lines and mimic the look of natural roofing materials. Most architectural roof shingles are made of layers of heavy fiberglass or asphalt as the base/core layers and then mineral granules are used on top for texture and visual interest. Due to the vast amount of shingles offered in the architectural laminated style, we have summarized them into two primary categories of standard (like a 30 year shingle) and impact resistant (like a 50 year).
Standard: These shingle brands are equivalent to a 30-year shingle. These shingles look great, have a variety of color options, and perform well at an affordable price point. We recommend the following brands for architectural laminated shingles and have rated them in order by Best, Better, and Good. More information about each specific shingle listed below can be found here on our website or by visiting the manufacturer website directly.
Best Malarkey Highlander: Pinnacle Roofing is a Residential Certified Contractor with Malarkey
Better Certainteed Landmark: Pinnacle Roofing is a Shingle Master with Certainteed
Good IKO Cambridge: Pinnacle Roofing is an IKO Certified Contractor
The luxury shingle is one of the most expensive categories of asphalt shingles. Though terminology may be different depending on the manufacturer, we are defining a luxury shingle as shingles that are made to resemble cedar shake. Over time, the installation of cedar shake shingles has greatly diminished; this is because many homeowners do not like the higher insurance premiums due to the greater liability from fire or lightning strikes. The shingle most commonly substituted for cedar shakes is called the Presidential shingle. This shingle was created by Certainteed Manufacturing and though many other manufacturers have their own version of the presidential shingle, Certainteed Manufacturing was the first to create the shingle and market it. Now, similar to what happened with Kleenexes (having a brand name we refer to multiple tissue products as), the name Presidential is used to describe the luxury cedar look shingle. In many cases neighborhood covenants will require that homeowners must put on a Certainteed Presidential roof if they are replacing cedar shakes, and will generally require weathered wood color. As a result, we install the Certainteed Presidential shingle the most often for luxury shingles.
We are defining designer shingles as asphalt shingles that have a unique shape, color and or overall design. Since, designer shingles are based more on preference and home appearance, we did not include any recommendations. Be aware that designer shingles often are not made to the same standards as luxury shingles and may be at the same price point, but not rated to last as long.
LEED Accredited Professional BD+C -Training in sustainable building practices
Chief Building Certified – Training in the installation of commercial metal buildings
OSHA 10 hour training- Training in proper job site safety practices
Certainteed Master Shingle Program – Completed Manufacturer test on proper shingle installation applications and adheres to install manual guidelines.
Malarkey Certified Residential Contractor- Completed Manufacturer test on proper shingle installation applications and adheres to install manual guidelines.
IKO Shield Pro Plus Contractor- Adheres to install manual guidelines for manufacturer and participates in their exclusive Contractor program.
Mastic Training – Training in proper siding installation practices for mastic vinyl and hardboard siding products.