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The Basics of Shingle Roofing

Shingle roofing is one of the most popular types of roofing systems, particularly in Maryland throughout the Annapolis and Severna Park region.

Fichtner Services offers a full range of shingle roofing choices to fit any style home. Whether you want an affordable shingle roof to keep you dry or a designer shingle roof to transform your home, you can count on Fichtner Services to offer prompt, reliable service and expert installation.

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When replacing your roof some considerations should be quality installation, product selection, durability, and appearance. Your roof covers almost 50% of your home’s exterior so it is important to be sure that you have an attractive roof that also performs well.

Fichtner Services offers shingle roofing in a range of style and color combinations. With hundreds of options to choose from, our sales professionals can help you decide on a shingle selection to match your existing architectural style and detail, or give it a new look with a change in color and shingle type.

Fichtner Services installs designer shingles that resemble slate or cedar, as well as the traditional strip shingles and dimensional shingles, offering 25 years to limited lifetime warranties.

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As the discretionary homeowner, you want to have the most appealing roof shingles installed on your home and you need them to be installed correctly. With so many shoddy roofing contractors out there that have given “roofers” a bad name over the years, you need to be careful to hire the right one.

Fichtner Services has installed thousands of shingle roofs over the last 25 years and is a GAF Master Elite contractor. This status is awarded only to the most highly trained and qualified 3% of roofing contractors nationwide, and allows us to offer enhanced warranties above and beyond other roofing contractors.

While we are proud to be a GAF Master Elite installer, we also install Tamko and Certainteed shingles as well. Fichtner Services is fully licensed and insured, giving our customers peace of mind.

Types of Roofing Shingles

Annapolis & Severna Park roofing contractor Fichtner Services offers a variety of different roof shingle types to fit any budget and match any style home. Here is a guide to help you identify the various shingle roof types.

Strip Shingle
(3 Tab Roof Shingles)

Strip shingles, also called 3 Tab Roof Shingles, are the most basic and affordable shingles available. This shingle roofing system is made from a basic 3’ by 1’ strip of asphalt embedded in fiberglass mat which is then covered in stone granules. The three foot strip then has two thin strips stamped out of it every foot in order to make 3 – one foot tabs. This is why you made hear it referred to as a “3 tab shingle”.

Dimensional Shingle
(Architectural Shingle)

Dimensional roof shingles are well worth the nominal increase in price over strip shingles, because the dimensional look and feel it provides is significant. This dimensional, or architectural, shingle is also made from a 3’x1’ strip but it is then laminated with additional layers that gives it a deeper, more defined look. The manufacturers have also developed a “shadowing” affect that uses darker shades of granules near the overlap which creates a look of depth in the shingle.

Designer Shingle
(Heavier and Thicker)

Designer roof shingles are usually larger, heavier and thicker. They can range from multi-laminates that simulate the look of slate to extensive cut-out patterns that resemble cedar. Designer roof shingles are almost always lifetime warranted shingles- which means that this will be the last roof you will ever need to install! Fichtner Services is a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor with access the latest styles and colors of designer roof shingles from America’s leading shingle roofing manufacturer.

Choose the “BEST” roofing contractor in Annapolis

Whether you need a roof replacement or a new roof construction, the most important thing is to choose a reliable, trusted roofing contractor. For over 25 years, Fichtner Services has served Annapolis and Baltimore area homeowners with exceptional customer service and top of the line craftsmanship. We’re proud to say that 75% of our business comes from repeat customers and referrals.
Fichtner Services was recognized by the readers of the Annapolis Capital Gazette as the “Best Roofer in Annapolis”. Call us for your roofing project and find out why we’re so highly recommended. We offer free estimates on roof replacement and new roof construction.
Protect one of your most valuable assets, contact Fichtner Services today, (410) 519-1900, or schedule your free consultation & estimate now:

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