SBS Shingle Technology – High-Resistance Architectural Shingle Options

April 7th, 2019 by IFI Admin

Premier Roofing & Exteriors recently completed this SBS Shingle Roof in Grand Rapids, MI using CertainTeed’s new Northgate product, which is impact-resistent and an excellent choice for cold weather application for durability.

Premier Roofing and Exteriors knows that West Michigan weather can be rough on asphalt shingles. That’s because our rapid response team is often first on the scene to repair storm-damaged roofs in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas.

We’re excited to share the latest roofing technology to combat hailstones and high winds. You may have heard about SBS Shingle technology, but are wondering if it’s the right choice for your home. Here’s a review of the manufacturing process, plus two of our favorite high-resistance architectural shingle options.

What Is SBS Shingle?

SBS stands for styrene-butadiene-styrene shingle, which means the asphalt is blended with polymer, creating a more flexible, thermal-resistant and crack-resistant product. The  (SBS) polymers add rubber-like characteristics. The end result is more flexible, can be installed in lower temperatures, and retains surface granules better than standard shingles.

Although SBS has been used in commercial roofing for many years, its use in residential shingles is a relatively new trend, prompted in part by promotion from insurers together with homeowners seeking greater longevity in roofing materials. One manufacturer, CertainTeed, for example, estimates the SBS adds 10-years of lifespan to the average roof. Atlas’ StormMaster has been around since the early 90s. But many viewed these as niche products. That’s changing. SBS Shingle has been enjoying a surge of popularity, with new manufacturers entering the game in recent years.

This expansion of the premier shingle lines throughout the industry means more choice and style options for homeowners. SBS Shingle is a perfect candidate for West Michigan roofs that endure extremes in temperatures and stormy weather. And now it’s available in beautiful, designer styles such as shake and slate look-alikes.

StormMaster high impact shingles shown to illustrate Premier Roofing and Siding Grand Rapids designer shingle optionsAtlas StormMaster Shingles

Atlas StormMaster® shingles are designed to resist the harshest weather conditions including high wind, pounding rain and destructive hail. StormMaster® shingles are made with a rubberized polymer, styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS), specifically designed to make the shingles flexible, strong and durable. SBS modified asphalt shingles deliver unique benefits like superior impact, wind and water resistance.

During the manufacturing process, the SBS bonds to other raw materials in the shingle, creating an elastic network that behaves like rubber, allowing it to flex when impacted. StormMaster Shake & Slate Class 4 Impact rated shingles from Atlas are not warranted against hail, but they will better resist the damaging impact that comes with hail when compared to standard asphalt shingles.

In addition to impact-resistance, StormMaster® shingles feature Scotchgard™ Protector from 3M, which helps prevent the appearance of black streaks caused by algae. Additionally, StormMaster shingles are built with HP Technology, featuring a 130 mph wind limited warranty.

Ed Todd, Director of Product Management for Atlas Roofing, says their SBS-modified shingles resist cracking and shrinking in both hot and cold weather climates.

“SBS causes our shingles to withstand weathering longer,” says Todd. “We use SBS in our StormMaster line because the SBS provides better adhesion to hold the surface granules better, and it also causes them to weather longer. The granules stay on the shingle longer than with conventional blown asphalt.”

In one of the required ASTM tests, the fan-driven wind is blown at 110 mph onto the shingles for two hours straight in an attempt to blow the shingles apart. In another ASTM test, wind gusts are blown onto the shingles to replicate wind storms of up to 150 mph. In hail storm tests, Atlass drops steel balls up to 2″ in diameter from 20 feet above the shingle to try and crack it.

CertainTeed Northgate SBS Shingle

This year, popular manufacturer CertainTeed came out with its version of a SBS modified asphalt shingle. The rubberizing aspect of SBS allows greater flexibility so the shingles resist cracking even in extreme cold-weather, allowing for year round application. SBS also offers superior granule adhesion which is one of the key components in protecting the shingle against the elements.

Features & Benefits

  • Class IV Impact Resistant, the highest rating available
  • Greater cold-weather flexibility
  • Increased ductile properties and granule adhesion
  • Enhanced crack resistance
  • Better weatherability
  • Shrink resistance

Both products are great options to create beautiful, storm and wind-resistent roofs that will last longer in West Michigan weather. Talk to one of our estimators for samples and recommendations specific to your home by filling out our FREE ESTIMATE form.

Attractive Residential Flat Roof or Low Slope Options

December 21st, 2018 by IFI Admin

If your home has an addition, a porch, a 3-season room or an attached carport, you may have struggled in the past to find low slope/flat roof solutions that have “curb appeal” and at the same time stand up to Michigan weather.

Flat Roof/Low Slope Solutions from Premier

Low slope roofs (often called flat roofs, but which are not technically flat because they have positive drainage) pose real problems for homeowners because shingles will fail in low slope deployments. Options such as TPO membrane roofs or EPDM and PCV membrane roof systems don’t offer the aesthetically pleasing materials to color-coordinate with your shingles and require more elaborate installation methods.

While Premiere is qualified and experienced in commercial grade TPO, EPDM and PVC roof systems, it also offers residential homeowners a warrantied, multi-layered solution that can match your shingles and live up to the demands of our West Michigan weather.

Fantastic Flintlastic – An SBS Modified Bitumen Membrane

CertainTeed manufactures a product called Flintlastic that is practical, cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. It is granular-surfaced just like shingles and is an SBS modified bitumen membrane roof that is self-adhering. It comes in seven colors to coordinate with Certainteed’s designer shingles and create a nice flow from an adjacent steep pitched roof.

Flintlastic SA Cap is available in 8 colors, plus white and CoolStar highly reflective granules.

Great Product – Great Warranty Options

CertainTeed Flintlastic® SA roofing membrane is a premium, self-adhering SBS modified bitumen roofing material that is available in 2 or 3 ply applications with a warranty that ranges from 12 years to 20, depending on application specifications.

In addition to being one of the only warrantied flat roof products available for the residential market,  Flintlastic SA Cap white also meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR® requirements for slopes greater than 2:12″.

Are you looking to solve a flat roof problem? Contact Premier for a FREE ESTIMATE and ask about Flintlastic!

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Premier Introduces Affordable Slate-styled Shingles Rated for West Michigan Weather

February 13th, 2017 by IFI Admin

Have You Always Wanted a Slate Roof, But Were Afraid of the Cost?

Many of our customers around Grand Rapids and West Michigan love the look of a slate roof, and Premier Roofing & Exteriors is pleased to present a rugged and cost-effective alternative. Belmont Luxury Shingles are specifically designed to match the aesthetic of slate roofing at a fraction of the cost. They stand up to the brutal Michigan weather while altogether eliminating the maintenance a slate roof demands.

When it comes to replicating the authentic appearance of natural slate, Belmont™ truly hits the mark with its rich hues and high contrast shadow lines. This luxury shingle’s layered construction and blended coloration artfully emulate the classic slate roof look West Michigan homeowners are looking for. Belmont™ Luxury Shingles are made from top-grade roofing asphalt that is reinforced with a strong fiber glass base mat, built to endure and come backed by a lifetime-limited manufacturer warranty. Read the rest of this entry »

New Shingle for Cold Weather Handling Unveiled by CertainTeed

February 26th, 2015 by IFI Admin

NorthGateloOne of the things that sets Premier Roofing apart from the competition is that we know what it takes to protect West Michigan homeowners year-round, and we’re passionate about sourcing the best materials for extreme conditions. This week, CertainTeed unveiled NorthGate™, the newest designer asphalt roofing shingle offering that’s designed to sustain high impacts and low temperatures. NorthGate boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability and a rich mixture of surface granules for added aesthetic depth and dimension.

Currently available in the Northwest region of the U.S., NorthGate is designed to endure harsh, cold-weather elements affronting the roof. The new shingle’s SBS composition allows it to remain flexible at temperatures as low as 0° F, making it easier to install in cold climates. Plus, the two-piece laminated fiberglass-based shingle meets the requirements of UL 2218 Class 4 for impact resistance – the highest rating possible.

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