Is Your Roofing Solution in Shingles or Tabs?

BP & GAF Architectural shingle side-by-side

Roofing Materials Today

Manufacturers make modern roofing from laminated compounds with color added. There are two basic types, which are essentially either a single-layer or a double-layer roofing tile. The double-layer roof tile is the architectural or dimensional type. The single layer is the three-tab version.

The architectural type is costlier but more appealing to the eye, and it can add value to your home. The single-layer type or three-tab tile is a basic roof cover. It has a flat appearance, and the tiles are consistent in size and shape.

Construction of Asphalt Roofing

Damaged three tab shingle roof
3 tab shingles installed on a roof showing damage

The inner core of each tile is a piece of fiberglass. The fiberglass is water-resistant and provides some insulation. The maker then sandwiches the sheet of fiberglass between two weatherizing layers. Next, the top layer receives a covering of mineral granules, which add texture and color.

The architectural type of roof tile is a double of the four composite layers. The lower edge of the architectural tile has a raised laminated ridge. This raised section adds to the appearance of depth.

The double-layer composite tile is a popular roof cover. Manufacturers call it architectural or dimensional roofing. You can distinguish the architectural type from a three-tab or single-layer tile by its size, weight, durability, and appearance.

Asphalt Composition

Asphalt is the base material for architectural or double roofing and the 3-tab types. In the early 1980s, technical advances in lamination and materials created the architectural type. From that time to the present, architectural types have replaced tabs as the preferred material for roofing installations. Today, the traditional three-tab type of roofing is the low-cost option and the required material to repair roofs that already have tab shingles. 

When estimating the number of shingles needed to cover a roof area, Roofr uses technologically advanced methods to obtain precise measurements. Roofr will utilize satellite imagery to determine the exact roof dimensions and to estimate the bundles needed to complete the work on your home. 

Architectural shingles have depth and dimension

Advantages of Architectural Roof Covers 

The double-layer roofing tiles have a noticeable multidimensional surface. The tiles stand out for their contours and depth. You can get them in shapes and colors that resemble high-end materials, like baked tiles, cedar shakes, and slate tiles. The advantages of double-layer tiles include: 

  • Durability: Double-layer roofing lasts longer and maintains its appearance better than single-layer materials. While the costs of acquisition may be higher for double-layer roofing, the longer life and added value for your home can pay for the added investment.
  • Appearance: The double-thick roof types have the appearance of depth. They add value to homes because of their popularity and eye-catching results.
  • Wind resistance: The thick tiles do not resist the wind better than the thin tiles until they seal. Single-layer tiles traditionally have ratings of up to 80 miles per hour. The manufacturer's warranty requires a 6-nail installation pattern for a high-wind damage rating of up to 130 miles per hour.
  • Warranty: Manufacturers typically provide warranty coverage in the range of 40 to 50 years. The latest warranty trends also include a lifetime coverage for as long as you own your home.

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Why Get a Roof Inspection or Consultation?

You might find yourself looking for a roof inspection or consultation. It is usually because there is a new problem appearing on your ceiling.

Finding the cause of the problem

Whether it’s a leak or missing shingles, a consultation will be necessary so that you know how much you will need to spend for your repair, as well as how long it will take to fix. But you don’t need to wait until you have a major roofing emergency; what a lot of people don’t realize is how much a bi-yearly roof inspection can help save you money, and potentially prevent major roofing emergencies. 

Preventative roof inspections

Just because there might not be an immediate or noticeable issue, doesn’t mean your roof is in perfect condition. By getting a regular inspection, you’ll be able to catch problems early on, which could save you possible thousands in the future. Often times, minor repairs don’t cost a lot and can really help with the longevity of your roof.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, you should seriously consider a roof inspection or roofing consultation. It’s common for a roof inspection to be on the list of required inspections when selling a home, mostly because agents don’t want their new homeowners blindly walking into a house with huge repairs hanging over them. If you are looking into purchasing a home, and you see that they have not had the roof inspected, its advised that you ask for a consultation before you purchase the home. If you sign off on a house that is sitting at the higher end of your budget, and find out later on that you need to pay for the entire replacement of a roof, its going to quickly become a shocking and disappointing experience.

Finding the right roofer for your project

Consultations are a super important part of finding the perfect contractor for you. Without a consultation or some kind of initial meeting, you might as well be going into your homeowner/contractor relationship blind. Its important to find out if the contractor is a licensed professional, and to find out how much experience they have, especially if you have a very specific problem with your roof. You want to make sure that the person you hire can get the job done safely, professionally and in a timely manner.

And that’s where Roofr comes in; we simplify that process for you.

Roofr guarantees professional contractors, free estimates, amazing savings and a full warranty on all of our roofing systems. We’ve got all of this, and your home covered.

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GAF Timberline VS BP Mystique asphalt shingle comparison

Shingle Comparison chart for your reference, compare GAF Timberline to BP Mystique shingles.

GAF Timberline shingles and BP Mystique shingles are an architectural fiberglass asphalt shingle used all across North America on residential homes. It is always recommended that you have GAF Timberline shingles installed by a GAF certified roofer. BP has similar certification programs for their approved roofing contractors.


GAF Timberline 

BP Mystique

Visual Style Timberline_Ultra_HD_Charcoal.jpg mystique-east-2-tone-black-su164632.png
Warranty 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated  50 year limited lifetime warranty/15 years non-prorated
Wind Rating 110 mph wind warranty  110 mph wind warranty
 Weight 210 lbs / 100sqft 237 lbs / 100sqft
Actual Lifetime 30-35 years  25-30 years
19   19
 Bundles/Pallet 36 36
  • Timberline Ultra HD - BarkwoodTimberline Ultra HD - Barkwood
  • Timberline Ultra HD - Biscayne BlueTimberline Ultra HD - Biscayne Blue
  • Timberline Ultra HD - CharcoalTimberline Ultra HD - Charcoal
  • Timberline Ultra HD - Fox Hollow GrayTimberline Ultra HD - Fox Hollow Gray
  • Timberline Ultra HD - HickoryTimberline Ultra HD - Hickory
  • Timberline Ultra HD - Hunter GreenTimberline Ultra HD - Hunter Green
  • Timberline Ultra HD - Patriot RedTimberline Ultra HD - Patriot Red
  • Timberline Ultra HD - Pewter GrayTimberline Ultra HD - Pewter Gray
  • Timberline Ultra HD - ShakewoodTimberline Ultra HD - Shakewood
  • Timberline Ultra HD - SlateTimberline Ultra HD - Slate
  • Timberline Ultra HD - Weathered WoodTimberline Ultra HD - Weathered Wood


Improper installation of asphalt shingles can cause leaks and void your manufacturer warranty.

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What Shingle Should I Use on my Roof?

Choosing the right shingle for your roof can be tough.

We've compiled a list of the most popular shingles along with their features from the big 5 manufacturers.

GAF- Timberline 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 210 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 30-35 years


BP- Mystique

  •  50 year limited lifetime warranty/15 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 237 lbs pre 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 25-30 years

CertainTeed- Landmark 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 240 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 30-35 years

Owens Corning- Duration 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/10 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 260 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 30-35 years

IKO- Cambridge AR 

  • 50 year limited lifetime warranty/15 years non-prorated
  • 110 mph wind warranty
  • 240 lbs per 100sqft
  • Actual lifetime of shingle: 20-25 years
If you have any questions regarding shingles, contact us anytime! We're here to help :)

Richard Nelson
Roofr Inc


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