How To Tell The Difference Between Bad Shingles & Great Ones

Oct 27, 2023

Asphalt Shingles – Roofing - Muncie, IN

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly…How To
Tell A Quality Shingle From A Bad One

Most Shingles Look The Same — Learn How To
Tell The Difference Between Great And Blah

Almost all asphalt shingles look the same in East Central Indiana. They’re usually gray or brown. They’re square. They have granules.

So, what’s the difference?

Well, from a visual standpoint, it can seem nearly impossible to tell the difference in the quality of your shingle options. But trust us…there are major differences in the quality, performance, and longevity of asphalt shingles.

And some of those differences are hard to spot with the naked eye. That’s why we want to inform you what makes a shingle exceptional… or a waste of money.

Difference #1: Weight

Since all shingles are NOT created equally, the difference in weight is a huge indicator of determining quality. Thicker, sturdier shingles weigh more than their thinner, flimsier counterparts, providing better impact resistance.

There are four classes of impact resistance when it comes to asphalt shingles, each providing different levels of protection against climate and other outdoor elements. So, classified Class 3 or 4 shingles are built with thicker layers for maximum performance.

And as East Central Indiana residents, we know how much extreme weather we get. So, a heavier, more durable shingle is best suited to protect your home against hail, ice, and strong winds.

Difference #2: Packaging

CertainTeed Shingles Packaging – Roofing – Munice, IN
Durable, well-sealed shingles packaging for longer “shelf life”

You might not think that shingle packaging has much to do with the quality of the shingle itself…but you’d be wrong. Manufacturer packaging has A LOT to do with the shingle’s long-term performance and overall durability.

Since shingles are often stored outside in the natural elements, their packaging needs to be able to protect the product…before it starts its performance “life.” Just think about it – if shingles are left open and exposed to the elements before even being installed on a roof, their lives have been prematurely jump-started.

And no one wants “new” shingles installed on their roof that already have a shortened “shelf life.” We wouldn’t buy an open bag of chips off the shelves, so why would we buy open shingles?

Difference #3: Proper Attachment Design

Fact: Shingles are not designed the same – and we’re not just talking about aesthetics. An uninstalled shingle has crucial design elements that help roofers install the product correctly for the best possible results.

One of those design elements is the designated nailing area, which marks precisely where an installer should nail for maximum results. Excellent quality shingles have this design feature, while lower quality shingles leave the nailing guesswork up to the roofer.

CertainTeed Shingle – Roofing – Muncie, IN
Anatomy of a CertainTeed shingle with StreakFighter

Difference #4: Algae Protection

Some poorly crafted asphalt shingles are bare bones, with little to no protection against algae formation. But great shingles are designed with algae protection in mind. And excellent shingles are infused with algae-fighting properties to stop formation from ever starting.

Shingles designed with built-in algae resistance provide you with longer-lasting beauty and performance.

Our Selection Of Shingles STARTS At “Great”
And Just Gets Better From There

At Clemens Home Solutions, we’ve seen the full spectrum of asphalt shingle options. And since we offer only the best products to our East Central Indiana customers, we landed on the best roofing manufacturer – Certainteed.

Our CertainTeed shingles give you complete value for your investment – durability, innovative design, and an industry-leading warranty. Plus, our shingles are built with CertainTeed’s patented StreakFighter to protect your shingles against algae formation for long-term performance.

When you’re ready to work with an East Central Indiana home solutions company that offers only high-quality roofing products, we’re here for you. Call Clemens Home Solutions today for a free planning estimate!

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