Field shingles are the main component of your roof system. They are the part you see first when looking from the street. Many differing types of shingles are available for, from the traditional asphalt, wood shake and slate/tile to the relatively newer metal, rubber and environmentally friendly plastic types. Manufacturers are even experimenting with new green roof systems which do not have shingles at all but are instead composed of real dirt and vegetation!
Metal and asphalt are the predominant shingles options for roofing systems in Calgary, with asphalt being the most popular due to its lower cost and good reliability. Asphalt and metal shingles have recently adapted in design to match the luxurious look that wood shingles offer.
Field shingles are installed over starter shingles. They take the brunt of the weather and are the ‘meat and potatoes’ of a roof system. All components of a roof system are vital, but shingles are the most visual, the most costly, and receive the most attention.