Why Asphalt?

Asphalt roofing is the most commonly used roofing material for residential building.

The asphalt serves to weather proof the shingles, while holding the granules in place to add to the overall strength of the product. Additionally, the asphalt adds a flexibility to the shingles that prevents the material from becoming hard, dry and brittle.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

Two types of base materials are used to make asphalt shingles: A formerly-living organic base and fiberglass base. Both types are made in a similar manner with asphalt or modified-asphalt applied to one or both sides of the asphalt-saturated base, covered with slate, schist, quartz, vitrified brick, stone, or ceramic granules and the back side treated with sand, talc or mica to prevent the shingles from sticking to each other before use

3-Tab Shingles

3-Tab shingles are the most traditional shingles used the US. Known for simplicity and cost effectiveness, Crossroads offers a wide selection of choices from various manufactures.


Fiberglass shingles have a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing mat. The mat is made from wet, random-laid fiberglass bonded with resin. The mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers and makes the fiberglass shingle waterproof. Fiberglass shingles typically obtain a class “A” fire rating as the fiberglass mat resists fire. Fiberglass shingles typically ranges from 1.8 to 2.3 pounds/square foot.

Architectural Singles

For the one of a kind look that makes your home stand out, Crossroads offers the latest styles in a variety of colors from manufactures you can trust.

The Dependable Standard

Asphalt Shingles are one of the most widely used roofing covers in North America because they have a relatively inexpensive up-front cost and are fairly simple to install.


  • Colors, Shapes and Textures – As the most common residential roofing material in the US, asphalt roofing shingles come in a variety of colors, shapes and textures.
  • Solar Reflectivity – shingles help reduce air conditioning costs in hot climates by being a better reflective surfaces.
  • Resistance to Wind – Asphalt shingles come in varying resistance to wind damage. Shingles with the highest fastener pull through resistance, bond strength of the self seal adhesive, properly nailed will resist wind damage the best.
  • Interlocking Design – Special asphalt shingles are designed to lock together called tie lock or T lock.
  • Durability – Shingle durability is ranked by warranted life, ranging from 20 years to lifetime warranties are available.  A shingle manufacturer’s warrantee may pro-rate repair costs, cover materials only, have different warranty periods for different types of damage, and transfer to another owner.