Since opening a single asphalt shingle line in 1944, Tamko has grown to become a leader in the building products industry. They specialize in manufacturing roofing shingles, decks, railings, waterproofing, cements and coatings. However, they are still best known for their roofing materials. They have three brands of shingles and I’ll discuss each one below.
The Heritage Series of shingles come in five different models: Heritage, Heritage IR, Heritage Premium, Heritage Woodgate, and Heritage Vintage.
The regular Heritage shingle is the most basic and affordable of them all. It is a laminated asphalt shingle that comes in a wide range of colors. It is made up of a shadowtone granule blend and each shingle is randomly cut to give your roof a natural look. They include a self-sealing asphalt strip and double-layer fiberglass mat for added strength.
The Heritage IR has a Class 4 impact resistance rating due to a non-woven polyester fabric reinforcement and fiberglass mat. It is designed to withstand maximum impact. During testing, they drop a 2 inch steel ball from 20 feet high and it can withstand the impact without cracking or shattering. Due to Class 4 impact rating, some insurance companies offer a reduction in homeowner’s insurance.
The Heritage Premium is a step-up from the regular Heritage shingle. Instead of a 15-year full start warranty and a 30-year limited warranty (which will be discussed later in the article), the Heritage Premium includes a 20-year full start warranty and a 50-year limited warranty. They simulate the rustic wood shake look without the expensive price of a wood shake.
The Heritage Woodgate is a stylish shingle giving your home a sophisticated wood-shake look. The wider cuts of these shingles are more natural looking. These shingles come in six different colors: Cabin Wood Brown, Weathered Wood, Rustic RedWood, Cedar Wood, Antique Wood and Black Sage. The color blend is very rustic looking.
The Heritage Vintage is a premium stylish shingle. It comes with a better warranty than the Woodgate but also has a rustic wood-shake look.
MetalWorks Steel Shingles
The MetalWorks series are steel shingles as opposed to your typical asphalt shingle. Even though they are made with steel, they have the appearance as wood and natural slate shingles. There are three models: the AstonWood, The StoneCrest Tile and the StoneCrest Slate.
The MetalWorks AstonWood is an Energy Star rated shingle due to its highly reflective properties allowing it to reflect sun rays thus decreasing cooling costs. They are made from 50% recycled material and provide your home with a traditional real wood shingle look. In addition, they can be installed on top of your existing asphalt shingles, lowering your costs by eliminating disposal costs. The AstonWood steel single is also durable. Its special coating protects against aging.
The MetalWorks StoneCrest steel shingle has a distinctive, uniform tile look and comes in such colors as Quaker Green, Vermont Blue and Sierra Slate Grey. This model also has an Energy Star rating and reflective properties. The installation process is similar to the AstonWood given that they are both metal shingles.
The MetalWorks StoneCrest steel shingle has a natural slate like look. It is quite astounding how closely they look like natural slate. Other than being a bit heavier than the other models, these are similar in all other regards.
Tamko’s Glass-Seal shingles are your typical 3-tab shingle. They tend to be one of the cheapest alternatives in the roofing material market. Reliable and affordable are the best way to describe them. Tamko has two different models, the Glass-Seal and the Elite Glass-Seal.
The Glass-Seal 3-tab shingle has as square-tab design that still provides great curb appeal. It is still made with Tamko’s fiberglass mat with guarantees that it is quality made. This type of protection with lead to years of good service and low maintenance.
The Elite Glass-Seal 3-tab shingle the premium version of the two. It is a little more durable and comes with a better warranty, a 5-year full start warranty 25-year limited warranty as opposed to 3-year full start warranty and 20-year limited warranty. They also both come in a variety of colors which complement any style of home.
Tamko is known to have some of the best warranties out of all roofing material manufacturers. The MetalWorks and Heritage Series comes with the longest up-front protection in which both shingles and labor are covered at 100%, from 15 to 25 years. The Limited Warranty, which can go up to 50 years, provide a lower level of coverage.
See the warranty document here.