Advances in Asphalt Shingle Technology
Over its 125-year-history, asphalt shingles have been reinforced by cotton rag,
wood pulp and paper.
• In the 1970’s, fiberglass was introduced as a stronger, more durable and more fireresistant reinforcement material.
• Early shingles were coated with crushed slate or oyster shells, and have progressed
over time to the brightly colored ceramic-coated granules that we see today.
• Modern asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors to match the unique design of
• The first asphalt shingles were pre-fabricated,
single-cut pieces of material.
• Today’s shingles come in many
formats, from single-layer shingles with no
cutouts to those with multiple cutouts, and
from standard laminated shingles of multiple
thicknesses to the newer, open tab designer
• Modern shingle design innovations have been
developed to include decorative architectural
styles that transform a roof with a high-end
• Through advances in manufacturing technology,
asphalt shingle products are now more
environmentally friendly than ever.
• Computerized equipment has improved roofing
production efficiencies, resulting in less material
• Shingles from roof tear-offs can also be recycled and
used to pave roads across America.
• Solar reflective shingles are now available and can help
reduce energy use.
• Advances in asphalt shingle technology have led to products that are more durable
and protective than ever.
• Modern roofing systems include multiple components like leak barriers and
ventilation to help avoid moisture penetration from rain and ice damming from
• Research and development have led to shingles that meet the highest
performance standards for fire, wind and impact resistance.
• Through the industry’s deep commitment to research, development and customer
satisfaction, asphalt roofing shingles continue to improve to meet the needs of
• The asphalt roofing industry is dedicated to maintaining the beauty, affordability
and reliability of North America’s most popular roofing material.
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