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Front view of house with asphalt shingle roof

What are Asphalt Shingles?

When it comes to the material used to cover your home and protect it from the weather, it is only natural to be concerned about the type of shingles you would want. Asphalt shingles are composed of a fiberglass base coat, a waterproof layer of asphalt, and polished with ceramic granules. The fiberglass base, since 1980, has always been the most popular product as it is lighter and is typically less expensive while adding strength to the roof. This material also had the additional benefit of fire protection. 

What are the Different Types of Asphalt Shingles?

The most common asphalt shingles are three-tab shingles or architectural shingles. Three-tab shingles, like the name, are designed to look like three shingles while being one piece. These shingles typically have a wind resistance rating of 60 mph. Three-tab shingles are more popular with builders due to their lower cost. 

Architectural shingles are more popular with homeowners.  Architectural shingles are made with an additional layer of asphalt and fiberglass that gives them more dimension and durability.  Architectural shingles typically have a wind resistance rating of 130 mph.  They are designed to mimic the look of a cedar shake at a fraction of the cost.
But, both types of shingles come in a large variety of colors that will suit your home and can even add a stylish touch. 

How long do Asphalt Shingles Last?

Typically, asphalt shingles last 15-30 years. But, there are a variety of factors that can affect shingle life. The most common concern is if the roof can withstand the power of nature. But, nature is not the only factor that affects the lifespan of a shingle. The roof pitch, quality of installation, and quality of the shingles can affect shingle life. Here in Virginia, roofs are in danger of hail/wind damage, winter storms, and even some severe thunderstorms. You will want to have the best shingles that will be able to protect your home. A&M Roofing has you covered! Shingle warranties range from 25 years to Lifetime Warranties for your peace of mind. 

How do I know it's time to Replace my Shingles? 

It is essential to catch on to the condition of your roof before you have a major emergency! If you notice any of the following issues, it would be best to consult an experienced roofer in Northern Virginia about having your roof replaced/inspected:

- Curled shingles
- Buckled shingles
- Cracked shingles
- Lifted shingles
- Granule loss
- Algae or Moss growth on shingles

If a roof is left unchecked, what could be a minor issue today, could eventually turn into a much more costly and intrusive problem in the future. Storm damage is a big culprit of leaking roofs. When water starts coming into your home, it can cause more issues such as: damaging your roof's decking, the insulation below, and the interior ceilings of your home. Over time, this can lead to mold in your home. Not only is mold a nuisance, but it is also a potential health hazard. 

How much are estimates/inspections?

We at A&M Roofing provide you with free estimates/inspections because we care about your safety and are here to help. We are licensed and certified in Virginia with more than ten years of experience. 


It can be difficult to fully grasp the final results of your CertainTeed roof based on samples alone. That is why we are thrilled to offer Colorview by CertainTeed.

You can either view a sample gallery that shows ready-to design homes or even upload an image of your current home and filter it to see how it would look with your new shingles.

Browse the gallery of sample, ready-to-design homes and start designing now, or have a photo of your home professionally masked so that you can visualize it in ColorView.


This design visualization tool allows you to “try on” Owens Corning asphalt roofing shingles. You can either upload your own photo or select a pre-loaded house to experiment with different shingle colors, as well as adjust the siding and trim color to better understand how your color choice will affect the overall appearance of your home.

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