Asphalt Shingle Roofing: Cost-Effective Roofing for a Modern Look

At VIS Exterior, professional installation and replacement of high-quality asphalt shingles is not just a service we offer, but the cornerstone of our business. We take pride in delivering exceptional craftsmanship and lasting results that protect your home and enhance its curb appeal.

House after asphalt shingle roofing installation

Asphalt shingles dominate the roofing materials market. Homeowners choose this product over any other for many reasons, the most convincing of which is that they cost less than other types of roofing material. Asphalt shingles are widely available and in many styles and colors, which only bolster their popularity.

From cost-effective 3-tab asphalt shingles to premium, Class 4 impact-resistant architectural shingles, there are so many different options from which to choose that regardless of your budget, you’ll find a shingle that fits your home and your tastes.

When you trust your roofing needs to VIS Exterior, you get the top-quality services we know you deserve. Ready to become one of our happy customers? Schedule Your Free Estimate

Top-quality asphalt shingle roofing services at affordable prices

Asphalt shingles are a great option for a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive roofing project. Shingle roof installation and replacement is even easier when you trust your roofing needs to a reputable and reliable contractor. At VIS Exterior we have developed a wealth of knowledge about asphalt shingles and the proper installation of them.

Family house after asphalt shingle roofing replacement

Our goal is to help our clients with their every need, and because we have been doing this for so long, we’ve worked with just about every type of roofing material and just about every type of home. We have the answers to your questions and can get you started on your roofing project when it best fits your schedule.

Choosing the right shingles for your home is important, but it is more important to work with a trusted professional who can offer you advice and install the shingles so they last a long, long time.

We handle a wide variety of asphalt shingle roofing services, including:

VIS Exterior has been in business for more than 20 years and we’ve completed more than 1000 projects with great success. Our clients refer to us as clean, careful and attentive roofing contractors, and we’re proud to have a 100% customer satisfaction record. But don’t just take it from us – visit our reviews page and see for yourself. These positive reviews are a result of our consistent, meticulous work, and our ability to listen to our customers and complete the projects with an eye for perfection.

In addition to our free estimates, we can also guarantee the estimate you receive is accurate. Our price-to-quality ratio is among the best on the market. Our pricing is honest and transparent – you always know exactly what you are paying for and you never get hit with surprise fees.

Aside from being cost effective, asphalt shingle roofing is quite attractive on all types of homes, so regardless of the architecture of your home, they fit nicely. Asphalt shingles are durable and resistant to fire, but they are also easy to install, reducing the overall cost of the roofing project. These shingles come with a manufacturer warranty that ensures that your investment is protected.

The crew at VIS Exterior is professional, friendly and is proud to have built a culture that values a positive working environment. The policy of our company also ensures that maximum precautions are taken to protect the exterior and landscaping of your home, and our roofers leave the worksite spotless at the end of the day. Our roofing installation and replacement services are designed to meet or exceed expectations, and that is exactly what we hope to achieve when working with you.

Shingle roof inspection from a licensed roofing contractor

To get the reputation as one of the best roofing contractors, you have to take inspections seriously. A thorough inspection reveals every area that requires attention prior to the shingles and other materials being installed. This meticulous process also offers a more accurate estimate of cost and time, which homeowners truly appreciate.

roof inspection

The shingle roof inspection will consider all components of a roofing system, from the decking and vents to the skylights and every other part of the roof that will be a factor in the installation of the new roof. At VIS Exterior, we are a licensed roofing contractor that knows exactly what to look for as we perform our roof inspection, so you can trust our evaluation.

Complete shingle roof replacement

Among the most common roofing jobs is asphalt shingle roof replacement. Asphalt shingles cover the vast majority of roofs across the U.S. and in the Chicagoland area, so this type of single roof replacement is our most popular at VIS Exterior.

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Despite the fact that some homes are vastly different from others, the roof replacement process for asphalt shingles is quite similar to any home. We will begin with a consultation with the homeowner, make an assessment of the current roof, discuss the different shingle options, budget, etc.

Once the details are all lined up, the work can begin with preparing the jobsite, which involves protecting landscaping from any possible falling roofing debris, as well as moving objects away from the home so they are safe and the workers have a clear path to the jobsite.

Many jobs require tearing off and disposing of the existing roof, inspecting the decking and making repairs as needed. At this point, the new roofing system can be installed.

Our fast and easy asphalt shingle roof replacement process:

  • Job site preparation for work
  • Shingle roof tear-off
  • Decking inspection
  • Underlayment, drip edge, and flashing installation
  • Shingles and vents installation
  • Site clean-up
  • Final shingle roof inspection

The process is fairly straightforward and rarely does a project require any deviation from the above steps. When you partner with VIS Exterior, you get a quality contractor that will make quick but efficient work on your roof replacement project.

Asphalt shingle roof installation

Homeowners have a big decision to make when choosing materials for their asphalt roof installation, and there are plenty of options in the style of shingle and their color. But there are also many other materials that go into a roofing project, including roof decking that has to be replaced or repaired in some cases. There are ridge cap shingles, materials used for protection from leaks, starter strip shingles and ventilation hardware that must be considered.

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At VIS Exterior, we only work with quality products, so we know that when the project is finished, that’s the last roofing project the homeowner is going to have to take on for at least 20 years (barring any unusual storm activity, such as tornados or excessively heavy/large hailstorms). We also work with brands that offer material warranties on their products. This gives the homeowner that extra bit of assurance that should anything happen to their roof, they are covered. Furthermore, VIS Exterior offers a 10-year workmanship warranty.

Shingle installation by VIS Exterior includes a commitment to all areas of the roof and roofing materials, including:

  • Ridge cap shingles
  • Leak barriers
  • Starter strip shingles
  • Roof deck protection
  • Proper ventilation
  • Quality shingle products for longer life

Don’t risk having your new roof fail you because of improper installation – only work with a trusted, licensed and local roofer to tackle your project. At VIS Exterior, our excellent roof installation services will guarantee you have a high-functioning roof for many years to come.

Advantages of asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in North America. Aside from their stylish appearance and cost-efficiency, asphalt shingles are easy to install and replace. And while cost is always an important consideration, there is also the variety of styles and colors that appeal to all types of tastes. Also, asphalt shingles are a durable product, some of which are built to withstand high winds and hail stones up to 2 inches in diameter.

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Asphalt shingle pros:

  • Variety of styles, textures and color choices. If you want the look of a more premium, costly roofing material, asphalt shingle manufacturers have achieved new designs that provide that premium look, but at a lower cost than materials such as cedar or slate. There are so many colors from which to choose, as well as textures and geometries, which is a huge bonus for homeowners who don’t want to settle for a plain shingle.
  • Energy efficient: With today’s asphalt shingles, you don’t have to pump up the heat or AC during the harsh summer and winter months to make your home comfortable. Shingles today are built to be more energy efficient. At VIS Exterior, we work with materials that meet the Energy Star standard, which means you could be eligible for rebates.
  • Affordable price. You’ll pay top dollar for roofing materials like cedar and slate, but when you choose asphalt shingles, you get the lowest possible price on materials.
  • Ease to install. Asphalt shingles are lightweight and very easy to install, further reducing the installation service cost.
  • Excellent life expectancy. Just because asphalt shingles are lower in price doesn’t mean they aren’t durable. Properly installed shingles will last a minimum of 20 years in normal weather conditions.

Regardless of the style of shingles you choose, if you want to get the best performance out of them for the maximum number of years, you need to choose a reputable and experienced roofing contractor to do the installation. Not only will VIS Exterior install your shingles perfectly, but we are also able to answer all your questions about which shingles work best on your home and all your other queries about the roofing project as a whole. Simply call us at (630) 230-8533 or schedule an inspection.

Installing the best asphalt shingles

The best roof shingles are produced by companies that are invested in research and development and continually improve their roofing products. When you choose VIS Exterior, you'll be partnered with a contractor committed to quality. We only work with reputable name brands that offer warranties and have years of experience producing the best and most durable shingles.

3 types of asphalt shingles

The three most popular types of asphalt shingles include the following:

Architectural (dimensional) shingle installation

Dimensional shingles, also known as architectural laminated shingles, currently dominate the roofing product market, which means installing architectural shingles is the most common jobs for roofing contractors today. These shingles are a dual- or multi-layer layer product, and because of their engineering, they provide a much thicker and richer multi-dimensional appearance on the roof line.

Dimensional shingles are heavier than 3-tab shingles, but come with much longer warranties because they are more durable. This type of roofing can last from 30 years to a lifetime when maintained properly, but an expert in architectural shingle installation is required to get the most out of them.

3-tab (strip) shingle installation

Strip shingles, which are also referred to as 3-tab shingles, are lightweight and have a flat appearance, which can create a sleek, modern look. Some manufacturers produce their 3-tab shingles so they look extremely similar to slate.

Installing three-tab shingles is relatively easy due to their weight, but a professional with experience is required to install them correctly. At VIS Exterior, we have installed 3-tab shingles from day one, and we know which manufacturers produce the best ones so our clients get the best possible shingle at the best possible price.

Premium (luxury) shingle installation

Premium shingles go a step beyond architectural shingles to bring the most distinguished look an asphalt shingle can offer. Some are even made to look like real cedar, and it’s so convincing that you have to get really close to see that they are not real wood. Luxury shingles like these are usually laminated, which is how they achieve such a great look.

Shingle installation needs to be handed over to a qualified professional, one that has worked with luxury shingles plenty of times in the past.

Class 4 impact-resistant shingle installation

Class 4 shingles are fairly new to the market compared to how long 3-tab shingles have been around. Basically, Class 4 shingles are impact-resistant shingles. They are built to withstand the impact of hail, usually through a reinforced backing that allows projectiles to bounce off the shingle rather than puncture.

While these are more expensive than Class 1-3 shingles, they are recommended for homes that take the brunt of frequent hailstorms. They require less maintenance and fewer repairs than lower-class shingles, which means they offer a great return on investment. Plus, you can qualify for a break on your insurance premiums with Class 4 shingles.

For most homeowners, the budget will determine the type of shingle they choose. For example, those on the tightest budgets will opt for 3-tab shingles, whereas those with more flexibility can choose Class 4 or premium shingles. Talk to your roofing contractor about which type best suits your situation.

Select the best asphalt shingle brand for your roofing system

The market is full of brands that produce roofing materials, which means it can be difficult trying to decide which ones are best for your home. At VIS Exterior, we have worked with many different brands and have the inside scoop on what offers the best value for the money. We’ve developed a reputation as a go-to roofing contractor in part by using top-tier roofing materials.

GAF roofing shingles

GAF has been the leading brand for roofing materials for decades and around 20 percent of all homes in the U.S. are covered with GAF shingles. In fact, GAF developed a new roofing mat technology 10 years ago, which is so durable that the company offers a 50-year limited lifetime warranty on it. VIS Exterior has worked with GAF materials for years and we are impressed with the way it holds up.

CertainTeed roofing shingles

Many homeowners that set a high standard for roofing materials on their properties choose a trusted brand called CertainTeed. With more than 300 options to choose from, and quality standards that lead the industry, CertainTeed has you covered.Two of the most popular lines from this brand are Presidential and the Presidential TL series. CertainTeed is also known for offering industry-leading warranties.

Owens Corning roofing shingles

Owens Corning really started turning heads with its Surenail Technology, which contractors have used on many homes because it is designed to hold up under high winds. This company utilizes fiberglass in many of its products, including its Pink Panther line of insulation. Most asphalt shingles have a core layer that contains fiberglass and Owens Corning’s composite laminated shingles use a high-grade fiberglass, offering durability.

If you have questions about which roofing materials are going to work best on your home, contact us at VIS Exterior, because we’ve worked with some of the best and we are excited to share our opinion with you.

Asphalt shingle roof repair after hail and storm damage in DuPage County

Hail damage is by far the most common problem homeowners face with their roofs. When a big storm rolls in and produces large hail and high winds, it is a recipe for disaster. As the roof ages and loses its protective properties, it no longer takes a big storm to do damage. The cumulative effect can require an expert to make repairs on an older roof.

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Asphalt shingle roofers are no strangers to taking on an influx of inspection requests after big storms. Responsible homeowners make these requests, as they know small problems now can build up to big problems later. Hail damage to asphalt shingles can be slight or severe, but a qualified contractor can make the determination of what needs to occur next – repair or replacement.

Hail damage to shingle roofs can be spotted from the ground when severe enough, but the damage can also be hidden from plain site and require the services of a professional to detect. At VIS Exterior, we inspect every component of the roofing system and look for the slightest sign of damage.

Choose the highest rated hail and storm damage shingle roof repair services:

  • Free hail damage shingle roof inspection
  • Damaged shingle roof repair
  • Complete shingle roof replacement due to hail and storm damage
  • Shingle roof insurance claims assistance

VIS Exterior offers free hail damage inspection services. If a recent storm with hail has you nervous about your roof, schedule a free hail damage inspection with us and rest assured that we’ll have your best interests in mind.

Shingle roof warranty

VIS Exterior protects our clients with a 10-year shingle roof warranty, which covers you in the event of workmanship problems. Furthermore, we only work with shingle manufacturers that offer warranties on their materials. For example, the GAF shingle warranty is one of the best, offering a 50-year roofing warranty on its high-quality products. We know how important it is for clients to be covered should anything happen to their roofs, so partner with us and leave the worrying behind.

50-year roofing warranty

We are proud to be GAF's factory-certified contractor, which means GAF fully supports and trusts the craftsmanship of VIS Exterior. This allows us to provide you with best-in-class service, and a 50-year GAF’s full replacement warranty (materials and labor). For the next 50 years you will be entitled to free replacement (materials and labor) of your GAF roofing shingles found to contain manufacturing errors or material defects.

Your new roof comes with peace of mind!

The price to replace asphalt shingle roof

What most homeowners want to know very early on in the planning stages is the cost of replacing an asphalt shingle roof. First, you have to consider the cost of the materials. The average home in the U.S. has a 2,000-square-foot roof, so with that in mind, a 3-tab roof, which costs 75 to 95 cents per square foot, the price for this material will be $1,500 to $1,900.

Architectural shingles, which are built more robustly than 3-tab shingles, cost between $1 and $1.50 per square foot, which comes to $2,000-$3,000. The next step up and likely the most expensive is the luxury (designer) shingle, which costs between $1.50 and $3 per square foot. This option will run you between $3,000 and $6,000.

This gives you a good idea of a portion of the asphalt roof replacement cost, but professional shingle roofers also charge for their labor and supplemental materials that are important to a roofing system, including vents, underlayment, ridge caps, etc. Contact VIS Exterior for a detailed estimate that spells out every penny of the project's cost.

Financing for shingle roofing projects

Shingle roof financing is a great tool for homeowners who need their roof replaced now but want to pay for it over the course of a year or more. At VIS Exterior, we are a roofing company that offers financing. We provide loan amounts of up to $45,000. You have the option of paying it back in 12 months at no interest, or you can choose the 60-month option at a reduced rate of 6.99%.

If you don’t have perfect credit, don’t worry; we’ll work with you if you have a minimum 580 FICO score. And remember, with VIS Exterior, there is no equity required and no proof of income for financing under $20,000.

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Choose highly trusted asphalt shingle roofers in DuPage County, Cook County, Kane County and Will County

When you partner with VIS Exterior, you get a shingle roofing contractor that has been around long enough to know what homeowners want – and we can deliver. If you’re looking for asphalt shingle roofers that care about your home and do a job that will protect your home for decades to come, contact us and let’s discuss your project.

VIS Exterior Completed Roofing & Siding Projects

    As you begin your research on your roofing project, you probably have a lot of questions. Fortunately, we’ve got answers for you. DuPage, Cook, Kane and Will County homeowners know who to go to when they need shingle replacement work, so let’s partner on your project. We also provide siding installation, windows replacement, gutter replacement and hail and wind damage inspections. Our crew is licensed, bonded, insured and fully qualified to attend to your project.

    We offer free estimates to our clients, and a flexible financing program is available upon request to qualified households. If you want your project done professionally, affordably and fast, call us at (630) 230-8533 and let’s talk.