Roofing materials have evolved over the decades, if not centuries, to give homeowners many options for design and performance. However, few people realize just how long the asphalt shingle has been around. Asphalt shingles were invented in America and first used in 1901. This replaced materials such as clay tiles which are documented to have been used as early as 10,000 B.C. in China, Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome. The first tar composite roof was in the mid 1800’s but there’s no doubt that today we see more homes sheltered with asphalt shingles than any other material. They are cost effective, durable and much more affordable than their counterparts.
In the late 1800’s granules made of slate were added to the surface of a rolled roofing product to make it more durable. Then, in 1901 this rolled product was finally cut into a single and multi-tab product known today as shingles.
Shingles were first known to be organic with paper backing until the ’60s when fiberglass mats were introduced. Today you will find the majority of shingles backed with fiberglass with far more aggressive adhesive strips than ever before. Today’s shingles are warrantied to withstand winds up to 130 mph which is a Category 3 only 1 mph away from Category 4. Chances are, you will not be worrying about your shingles only if this size storm makes landfall.
Thanks to technology and the ever more common occurrence of this size coastal storm, the High Wind Task Force was formed in 1990 to further research and improve shingle performance and wind durability. Today, more than ever, homeowners can raise the value in their home with protection like never before thanks to shingle technology and design options.