Today, more homes in the United States have asphalt shingles on their roofs than any other type of roofing, and they have had them since 1903, when Henry Reynolds of Grand Rapids, Michigan invented them. By 1939, they were the most popular shingles in America.
These early asphalt shingles were much different from today. Henry made them with an inner layer of organic materials, like paper and wood shavings covered with asphalt – a thick, black, sticky, semi-solid type of petroleum, also known as bitumen, that’s especially effective at resisting water. On top of the asphalt, Henry laid stones and cut the shingles into 8” by 12” pieces.
Today’s GAF asphalt shingles, which are manufactured in Baltimore, Maryland, cover most of our houses in the USA. Rather than paper or wood inner cores, they are made with high-strength interwoven fiberglass mats, fused together with multiple layers of the same and saturated with asphalt, making them resistant to tearing, rain, wind, cracking and impact. They can withstand winds between 110 and 130 miles per hour.
GAF shingles are so popular in the United States because of the combination of their great quality and cost effectiveness. On top of that, they come in multiple colors and styles that provide great curb appeal, which adds value to homes.
For more information about how GAF shingles can add protection, beauty, and value to your home, contact Royal Crown Roofing. They will gladly assist you in defining your needs.
The GAF roofing system is designed to give homeowners security and peace of mind once their roof installation is complete. We aim to provide our clients with beautiful roofs using the best products on the market for a lifetime guarantee. Let’s take a closer look at the GAF process of removing an old roof and installing a new one.
Prior to Installation
The first part of the roofing process is, of course, removing your old roofing materials. Our GAF Master Elite contractors remove all your shingles, insulation, and nails, down to the roof deck itself. An inspector then checks over your roof’s structure for any damages or potential problem areas. Our team performs any repairs needed to get your roof in good shape for the next step.
Pro Tip: You can save time on your roof installation by scheduling a free inspection ahead of time! Get in touch with us today to find out how.
Shielding Your Roof Deck
Roof decks are typically made of wood, meaning they require additional protection against rain and leaks. We install leak barriers on the corners and folds of your roof, where leaks are most common, and then cover the entire roof in GAF deck armor for further waterproofing. Finally, the entire leak protection system is sealed with a single layer of shingles around the edges of the room, held on by a powerful GAF-approved adhesive. With your roof deck fully protected, our contractors will install the rest of the shingles in the color and style you choose.
The Finishing Touches
Shingles aren’t the last thing your roof needs, however. Our team adds additional waterproof layers at each peak of the roof to seal heat and moisture out of your attack, preventing damage. Finally, a row of shingles is installed on top of each protective layer to match the rest of your roof and provide further waterproofing. And with that, your new roof is complete! Our lifetime guarantee ensures that your roof will last for many years to come.
Enjoy Your New Roof!
At Royal Crown Roofing, we work hard to provide you with not only an excellent roof, but also the assurance that your new roof will last a lifetime. We’re confident in our abilities and hope to provide you with the best service and new roof possible.
Connect with us to learn more about the GAF roof repair system and how we apply it to our Houston-area clients.