True Grit Roofing

Roof Information

Benefits of Architectural Asphalt Shingles

Great Value

Architectural shingles are among some of the most affordable roofing options. They are a fraction of the cost compared to metal, tile, or wood shake because of the ease of installation and material cost.

Multiple Options

Architectural shingles come in a variety of pattern, texture and color choices. Aside from the base architectural shingle, you can also choose options that mimic the look of cedar shake, or slate.

Durability and Lifespan

Architectural shingles will last from 25-30 years. They can withstand winds up to 130 mph and some options have a class 4 impact rating, which means they can withstand hail up to 2 inches in diameter.


Architectural shingles don’t require a lot of maintenance and repairs needed with them are much less expensive then metal, tile, or wood shake.

Snow Removal

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Heavy snow up on your roof can not only risk your roof caving in, but it can also cause venting problems because vents at the top of the roof can get buried by large amounts of snow. We recommend that snow gets removed off of roof once it reaches a depth of 2 feet.

Ice Dams

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What is an Ice Dam?

Ice dams are formed from heat escaping into the attic during the winter. While the snow melts, water will run down your roof and start freezing again once it reaches the location of your exterior walls, where there is less heat, creating an ice dam.

Possible Damages

Once ice dams form, water can pool in these areas and run the opposite direction that a roof is designed for. On rare occasions, it can make its way under the roofing material causing leaks which leads to damage to insulation, wood, drywall, or other materials. They can also cause gutters to collapse.

Preventative Measures

  • Heat Tape – When properly installed, heat tape can reduce the chance of any water build up behind ice dams, that causes leaks
  • Proper Ventilation – Make sure your home has soffit venting or intake venting near the eaves of your roof. Also be sure that your home has ridge venting or box vents near the peaks of your roof.
  • Proper Insulation – The greater r-value in your insulation reduces the amount of heat escaping into your attic. If you have a home that was insulated before the year 2000, your home may need more insulation.
  • Ice and Water Shield Underlayment – This underlayment has a modified bitumen adhesive back surface. The membrane will adhere to the roof sheathing and form a watertight seal around the nail penetrations when shingles are applied. This doesn’t prevent ice dams, but will prevent the likelihood of roof leaks where ice dams form.