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Roofing Types

There are many options available to homeowners when considering repairing or replacing their roofs. The most common types of roofing materials that we see are asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, slate, synthetic shake and slate, EPDM rubber, metal, and copper.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material for the Northern Virginia area. Made of a fiberglass mat saturated with asphalt and coated with colored granules, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Asphalt shingles run from basic, single-layer 3 tab style to triple laminate, premium designer shingles.


An affordable option that offers basic protection for homeowners on a limited budget.

Three-tab shingles are the most economical roofing option for homeowners with a limited budget. The expected lifespan of a three-tab shingle is typically between 15 and 25 years. They offer reasonable wind and fire resistance, and have a basic appearance and color palette. For homeowners considering three-tab shingles, we recommend and install Certainteed XT25 Algae Resistant shingles.


The most popular style of shingle, enhances the beauty of your home and comes with a lifetime warranty.  Architectural shingles, also known as dimensional or laminated shingles, offer a number of advantages over three-tab asphalt shingles. Unlike three-tab shingles, architectural shingles are composed of two or more layers of asphalt saturated fiberglass mat, are heavier, better conceal flaws in the roof deck, are more wind and fire resistant, and give a three-dimensional appearance to your roof increasing your home’s curb appeal.


For those looking to make their home stand out. The most durable shingles, designed to mimic slate and cedar shakes.  Designer shingles represent the highest quality of shingles available to the homeowner today. Sculpted to mimic the look of cedar shakes, scalloped slate, or natural slate, designer shingles are typically composed of no less than three layers and when applied can provide up to five layers of coverage. Engineered to last a lifetime, designer shingles come in a wide selection of bold colors and are best suited for homeowners looking to make their house stand out among the crowd

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