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  • Writer's pictureMatt O'Dore

How Roofing Shingles Are Made

Updated: Feb 23

drone picture of a residential roof in Vancouver, WA

We are lifting the curtain on an often-overlooked yet vital component of your home - the roofing shingles. We'll be taking a detailed journey through how these high-quality, durable roofing materials are made. By the end, you'll gain an appreciation for the rigorous process that ensures the reliability and longevity of your roof.

History and Background of Roofing Shingles

Roofing shingles, particularly those made with asphalt, have been a popular choice for homeowners in the United States. Known for their durability and flexibility, asphalt shingles have won the respect of countless industry professionals and homeowners, including those we've proudly served here at Matador Exteriors.

Materials Used in Manufacturing Roofing Shingles

Roofing shingles are a testament to the transformative power of raw and manufactured materials. Every day, freight yards at leading roofing plants across the country receive thousands of tons of materials, including asphalt, limestone rock, and fiberglass mat. The asphalt is processed meticulously to meet stringent quality requirements, ensuring it's strong and flexible enough to withstand all types of weather. Limestone, arriving by truck or rail, is ground down into a fine powder that's then mixed with the asphalt to create a substance known as filled coating.

The Manufacturing Process

The process of turning these raw materials into roofing shingles is a sight to behold. At the production line, the rolled fiberglass mat, the shingle's 'backbone,' is unrolled and fed into a coater. The filled coating, heated to over 400 degrees Fahrenheit, is then applied to the top and bottom of the mat to create a base sheet.

Next, we have the shingle granules. Mined rock, appropriately sized for use as granules, is coated with a specialty ceramic coating. This coating, colored according to the desired shingle hues, ensures the granules maintain their appearance for the shingle's lifetime. The base sheet, lightly coated with sand, enters a press that embeds the granules. As the sheet moves through a series of rolls, a fine mist of water sprayed onto it helps remove heat. To protect the shingles against wind damage, a strip of sealant is then applied to the sheet.

The sheet subsequently enters complex cutting machines that slice it into individual shingles. These shingles are then stacked, packed into bundles, and wrapped in packaging. They're placed onto palettes and transported to warehouses, ready to be shipped to homes across America – homes just like yours!

Different Types of Shingles and Their Manufacturing Differences

While asphalt shingles are indeed the most popular type in the U.S., there are other types, including wood, tile, and metal shingles. Each type has a unique manufacturing process tailored to its specific materials and characteristics. This diversity ensures that there's a perfect shingle for every home, no matter the architectural style or climate.

Sustainability and Roofing Shingles

Sustainability is a key concern in the modern world, and roofing shingles are no exception. The industry is continuously improving the manufacturing process, seeking to minimize environmental impact and develop environmentally friendly shingle options.


Understanding the rigorous process behind the creation of roofing shingles can deepen your appreciation for these crucial home protectors. At Matador Exteriors, we're proud to supply top-quality shingles that have undergone this intricate process, guaranteeing durability and longevity for your roof. Our team of roofing contractors in Vancouver, WA are happy to find the perfect shingles for your home.

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