The composition of all asphalt shingles available in the Canadian market is basically the same. The main difference between good quality roofing shingles and ones of lesser quality is the grade and amount of asphalt used in the body of the shingle and how many layers the shingle has.
To understand asphalt’s importance, you need to understand that a shingle is made up of only three parts:
As can be seen, the importance of the layers in the body of the shingle, and the grade and amount of asphalt within the body, is what makes a good quality shingle.
My go-to shingle is CertainTeed’s Landmark line, which is superior to all other shingles in the same price range. This is mostly due to the high grade of asphalt and the extra laminated layer, which is what the Landmark shingles are: architectural laminate shingles. You can’t cheat with the weight and quality of asphalt.
I urge my clients to see the shingles they want to install on their roof in person, that way they can hold a superior shingle like CertainTeed’s in one hand and a competitor’s of equal value in the other hand and they will instantly see which one is of better quality, heavier and more durable.
I’m not a salesman for CertainTeed, nor do I receive any bonuses if I install their line, but I do care about my client’s homes and I care about the environment.
To see roofs fail after a few years of regular wear due to a cheap or even counterfeit roofing shingle and having to haul away tons of unwarranted garbage that will never break down in my lifetime is disheartening. It’s also something I try to mitigate by installing products that will stand the test of time.
One of the reasons why I love working in Toronto (and continue to do business only in this area) is because people invest in their homes. By this I mean people tend to settle in an area for a lifetime and typically don;t bother with flipping homes (with the cheapest outfittings) to make a quick buck.
Even when working as a contractor with my father, it was mainly in Toronto that owners insisted on better buidling and roofing materials. They also insisted on paying fair wages to the craftsmen finishing their homes. This is a way of life that is good for people and good for the environment, as our hard work is not wasted when materials start to fail prematurely.
The fact of the matter is, CertainTeed’s line of roofing products has proven itself to me on the countless roofs that Archer Roofing has installed in Toronto. I have personally handled all of the shingles available in the market they are top of the line for the money. They are sturdy, heavy and will not lift. Even when Toronto’s weather turns foul. And Toronto’s weather turns foul a lot.
As Toronto’s premium roofing contractor, we are conscientious about our reputation and carefully select the best products to install on our client’s roofs. Call me to discuss the differences between shingle manufacturers and their varieties at 416-427-2437.