ROOFING BY AMERICAN SHINGLES
American Shingles provides an outstanding looking, lightweight, hail resistant and waterproof roof. They are rapidly becoming the roofing choice for architects, designers, specifiers and developers looking for a point of difference with features typically unavailable in the mainstream market. American Shingles offers a tried and tested alternative to the conventional roof linings with greater benefits against slate, timber shingles, metal deck, terracotta and concrete roof tiles.
The Hatteras shingles provide the symmetry of slate or the textured look of timber with the Independence shingle at a fraction of the cost. A number of different shingles profiles are available based on various performance characteristics and price points. The shingles are low profile and much lighter than general tile roofing by up to one third the weight.
American shingles are installed in accordance with the Integrity Roof System; incorporating first and foremost, a plywood roof deck as the substrate for the shingle roofing. The roof deck allows for a safer roof installation and support base for workers during installation as well as the added advantage of exceptional structural/bracing characteristics for the engineering of the building. Each shingle is nail fixed to the plywood with the use of a waterproof underlayment offering a maximum wind resistance up to 175km/h*.
American Shingle roofs are installed with ventilation of the roof cavity as a standard installation detail. This ventilation is done by way of a low profile ridge vent. It allows for the evacuation of hot air that radiates through the roof plane as well as reducing condensation on the soffit of the roof deck. The ridge vent is static and works in two ways, the venturi effect produced as wind comes up and over the ridge drawing air from the roof cavity as well as through the natural process of convection when there is no air movement externally. The ridge vent is fixed at the highest point of the roof frame and is extremely effective compared with rotating wind driven vents.
Flashings are installed beneath the shingles offering inconspicuous application and reducing the visual impact of typical surface mounted flashings such as lead. This offers maximum aesthetic impact of the finished material.
The shingles can also be fixed to vertical wall linings and gables and are not a rigid product. This allows for creative design flexibility and easier application to varying roof shapes such as steeples and cones. The only real limitation of shingle roofing is minimum roof pitch of 9.5 degrees. A number of warranties accompany the shingles in Australia including the product for up to 50 years, wind resistance warranties from 110 -175km/h and algae resistance coatings as standard options.