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Focusing our work in the Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls and the Adirondack North Country regions of New York, we are a Roofing Contractor with over 25 years experience offering a comprehensive range of Commercial and Residential roofing services & products.

Asphalt Shingle Roofing


Adirondack Roofing “knows” Asphalt Shingle Roofing!  For over 25 years we have serviced  the Lake George, Glens Falls, Saratoga, and Adirondack North Country regions of New York and installed roofs on countless homes and businesses. We are widely respected and known and offer a comprehensive range of Commercial and Residential roofing services & products. As always Estimates/Quotes are FREE! Below is some information to help you become more informed about asphalt roofing. Look it over and then call us for your appointment today!


How many homes are topped by asphalt shingles? Why?


Asphalt shingles are the leading choice for residential roofing in the United States because they provide quality, durability, versatility and economy. Over 12.5 billion square feet of asphalt shingle products are manufactured annually – enough to cover more than 5 million homes every year. Four out of five homes are roofed with asphalt shingles.


Asphalt shingles offer consumers the broadest array of colors, shapes, and textures available. With an enormous range of styles, asphalt shingles can match almost every type of architectural design and achieve virtually any desired effect – and do it affordably.


Which manufacturer of asphalt shingles should I choose?


Choosing a manufacturer/brand of asphalt shingles can be confusing, as there are several manufacturers and several designs within each manufacturer’s product line. Product performance does not vary, in a large way, between one manufacturer and another.  We at Adirondack Roofing use predominantly Owens Corning and GAF products (for more information see our “Products” pages of this website). The choices available are very similar in color and design. The installation method does not change much between the product lines, so choosing your shingle comes down to your relationship with your contractor and their preference, or your desire to install a product that you are comfortable with. Often it will be the color or texture that may aid you in your determination.


What are some of the benefits of asphalt shingles?


Product Performance. Asphalt shingles perform well in extreme temperatures and in areas where wind, water, and ice are prevalent.


Affordability. The efficient, high-volume production and relatively low application cost of asphalt shingles provide consumers with an overall value that’s tough for other roofing materials to match, especially in terms of comparable life expectancy.


Low Maintenance. Asphalt shingles, when properly chosen and applied, require little or no regular upkeep, and are easily repaired if damaged.


Ease of Application. Asphalt shingles are considered to be the easiest of all standard roofing materials to apply. In addition, the flexibility and strength of asphalt shingles supports their application on a wide variety of roof designs.


Fire and Wind Resistance. Asphalt shingles are manufactured to resist external fire and flammability standards, and carry Class A, B or C fire ratings, with Class A providing the greatest fire resistance. These fire ratings are defined by nationally recognized standards and tested by independent testing agencies. In addition, many asphalt shingles carrying a "wind resistance" label indicate that they have been manufactured and tested to demonstrate acceptable resistance in high-wind locations."


What are the different types of asphalt shingles?


  • Strip Shingles -- these asphalt shingles are approximately three times as long as they are wide. Manufactured in both standard and metric dimensions, strip shingles are distinguished by the number of cutouts or tabs that they have. The most common type of strip shingle is the "three-tab" shingle. Different textural and lighting/shadowing effects can be achieved with strip shingles depending on the number, shape and alignment of the cutouts.
  • Laminated Shingles -- these special shingles contain more than one layer of tabs to create extra thickness. They are also referred to as three-dimensional or architectural shingles because they create visual depth on a roof and impart a custom look. Laminated shingles continue to be a favorite among builders, roofing contractors and homebuyers.
  • Interlocking Shingles -- as the name suggests, interlocking asphalt shingles are individual shingles that mechanically fasten to each other, and are used to provide greater wind resistance. They come in various shapes and sizes providing a wide range of design possibilities.
  • Large Format Shingles --generally rectangular or hexagonal in shape, these shingles do not utilize cutouts or tabs.