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Asphalt Shingles

When it comes to putting a new asphalt shingle roof on a home, it’s not usually an aspect of home architecture and design that property owners consider very tantalizing. After all, it’s just a roof, how exciting can that be? Well, the team at Green Homes begs to differ! Today’s asphalt shingle products from great brands like CertainTeed, Malarkey, and GAF provide a versatile and stylish design for a very big part of any building, its roof, which can easily account for 40% of the surface area as seen through the eyes of passersby, visiting guests, real estate agents, and prospective home buyers! 

With a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes, choosing materials for a shingle roof in Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Troy, Ann Arbor and all over the Detroit area can be stimulating and fun!  

More importantly, a shingle roof is efficient, rugged, easy to install, and the average asphalt shingle roof cost is less than most other forms of roof coverings, such as tile, metal, slate and shake.

What’s Under the Asphalt Shingles?

An asphalt shingle roof has something called an underlayment system which is installed between the roof deck and the shingles. The underlayment helps with insulation and moisture penetration protection.  Getting the best high-quality shingles from Green Homes Roofing & Solar is essential for staying safe, dry, and cozy during the Detroit area’s inclement weather conditions. No doubt, a good roof system, installed properly, is one of the essential aspects of a home, but to many homeowners their roof is a second thought. On the contrary, you should keep your roofing top-of-mind, as no other home investment pays off as well in the long run?

Types of Roofing Materials

Today, there are many types of resilient and technologically-advanced exterior products for your home.  While asphalt shingles remain the most popular type of roof covering, time-tested materials such as slate, barrelled clay tiles, and cedar shake are popular on high-end residential properties. The newest forms of roofing material include durable composite and rubber roofing, often utilizing recycled elements. Solar roofing, even solar shingles or photovoltaic glass tile roofing, is also growing in appeal. Traditionally, metal roofing was most associated with utilitarian structures such as barns, but it doesn’t always take the form of sheets and panels. Metal roof tiles or shingles are standard, as well -a type of roofing material that can be highly durable and attractive.

Asphalt Shingles are Numero Uno in popularity, and more affordable in most cases than these other types of roofing…

Again, asphalt shingles are the most prevalent type of roofing throughout Eastern Michigan and the U.S. An area’s climate can influence what type of roofing will best perform under unique weather conditions, and a good quality asphalt shingle roof from Green Homes, will prove to be extremely durable here, even under the worst lake-effect weather conditions.

Two Main Categories of Shingles

3-Tab Shingles

A 3-tab shingle is distinguished by three uniform cutouts, or tabs, made along the lower edge of the shingles.

Architectural Shingles

Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural roofing shingles are among the highest-quality roofing products made. Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules tightly embedded in carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt. Architectural shingles cost around 40 to 50 percent more than 3-tab shingles. However, they are usually a better option since they are twice as durable as the best-quality 3-tabs.

Geen Home’s Best Asphalt Shingles Manufacturers

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CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of building products. Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry since its founding in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company.  CertainTeed focuses on creating value by offering high performing, affordable products that enhance users’ comfort and well-being while reducing overall environmental impacts.

Malarkey Roofing Products

Unlike standard shingles which can become brittle, crack, and lose granules after several years of reliable performance, Malarkey shingles are made of Rubberized Asphalt for superior all-weather resilience. They called these products upcycled rubber & plastics, which translate into reduced  landfill waste. They also contain smog-reducing granules that help clean the air. Better performance, and better for the environment – that’s a Malarkey shingle!


More homes and businesses in the U.S. are protected by a GAF roof than by any other product. This leading North American roofing manufacturer is part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world. GAF’s top-tier warranties are only available through a GAF certified installer such as Green Homes Roofing. System Plus covers 100% of material defects for 50 years, 20 years on 3-Tab shingles.

Basics of a Shingle Roof

For homeowners contemplating a roof replacement, knowledge is power! Therefore, it’s helpful to understand the basic steps of building a roof. Every company has its own approach to roofing, depending on location and client, but here are the main parts involved in a typical shingle roof replacement…


The wooden boards make up the framing of your roof. These boards are what your shingles and other roofing components are installed on. There are two types of wood roof decking: plank decking and sheet decking.

Drip Edge

Drip edge is metal flashing installed at the roof’s edges to keep water away from your fascia and from getting underneath your roofing components. If your roof doesn’t have a drip edge, water gets behind your gutters and rots out both your fascia board and roof decking


Underlayment lies between the shingles and the roof sheathing, or roof deck, typically either plywood or OSB. It’s installed directly on the roof deck and provides a secondary layer of protection from the elements, including rain, snow, and wind.

Ice & Water

Ice and water shield is used on eaves to help protect the decking and interior of the home from damage caused by ice dams that may occur due to the freeze/thaw during the Upper Midwest’s sometimes harsh winter months.

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Ridge Caps

Ridge cap shingles are like regular shingles in that they use the same material and offer the same look in terms of color. Still, they are different in that they are specially designed to cover the ridges of the roof, which are high-stress areas that need more protection

Styles of Roofs

Architectural design, trends over the course of time, and creativity have resulted in a variety of interesting roof shapes. Helping homeowners choose the right system for their home sometimes relies on roof shape and construction. 

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Common Roof Shapes

The Value of a New Roof

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry Research points out that home improvements that enhance a property’s curb appeal almost always increase property value. Naturally, buyers get more excited and more confident in a purchase if the property looks well taken care of. Studies show that the return on a new roof investment is about 60% – meaning that if $10,000 were invested in a new roof, $6,000 would come back as an increased value upon the sale of the property. Not bad!

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Among the residential and commercial roofing contractors in Eastern Michigan, few perform asphalt shingle roofing as well as Green Homes Roofing & Solar. We work hard to earn your trust by performing outstanding work at competitive prices for some of America’s finest roofing brands–GAF, Malarkey, and CertainTeed.

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