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We at Semper West Roofing takes pride in being one of the best professional roofing contractors serving Maryland and Virginia. Our more than 30 years in the roofing industry has not only provided us with a reputation of being authorities in what we do; it has also given us the experience to back it up. Maryland Asphalt Roofing ServicesOur staff of expert roofers are dedicated craftsmen who continuously strive to give our clients the best service. Our teamwork makes it so that our collective knowledge makes us find solutions for whatever roofing and construction problems you may have. Check out our customer reviews and see for yourself!

As roofers, one of our specializations is with asphalt shingle roofs. Certified as Shingle Masters by roofing material manufacturers CertainTeed, our crew are more than capable of installing, repairing, and maintaining your asphalt roofs.

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof across the United States. Because of their popularity, they come in a variety to types and options for the homeowner. We ourselves at Semper West have an extensive collection of asphalt shingles that will be perfect for your home.

Also called bitumen tiles in other countries, asphalt shingles are so-called because they are sheets impregnated with asphalt. In terms of base materials used, there are basically two classifications of asphalt shingles. Organic shingles are made of natural materials such as plant fibers, cellulose, or tree bark. The second type is fiberglass, which is newer technology that makes it more fire resistant compared to organic shingles.

Benefits of an Asphalt Roof

As a roofing material, there are several reasons why you should choose asphalt shingles for your home’s roof.


Generally, asphalt shingle costs lie somewhere in between the price spectrum of roofing materials. This gives them a good balance of quality and affordability that makes them attractive to the average homeowner.

Fire Resistance

Asphalt roofs have an very high kindling point, making them extremely resistant to fire. As mentioned before, among the two types, fiberglass shingles are more fireproof than organic shingles.


If well placed, preferably by an expert roofer, asphalt roofs can last from a decade up to twenty years.

UV Protection

The surface of asphalt shingles keeps out harmful ultraviolet rays from getting into your home. An added benefit this is that your air conditioning bills can also go down since they’ll not have to work so hard to keep your home and your family cool.

Ease of Installation

With a good roofing crew, having an average-sized roof installed with asphalt shingles will only need a day or two in fair weather.


Because of their popularity, many roofing material manufacturers have put a lot of asphalt roofing varieties out there. This makes it easier to decide, with so many choices for you to decide which one will be perfect for your home.


Unlike other roofs made from large, sometimes single pieces; the construction of asphalt shingle roofs makes them easy to look after. Instead of needing to fix the whole roof; you’ll only need to remove the damaged or torn shingles and its surrounding areas. Costs, therefore, can be kept down, in terms of money, labor, and manhours.

Choosing your Roof

We at Semper Roofing have two types of asphalt shingle roofing materials to choose from. Each one has features and characteristics which make them perfect for particular homes and homeowners’ needs.


Made from a fiberglass base coated with asphalt and mineral grains, 3-tab shingles are the most affordable type of asphalt roofing. They are lightweight and can last up to 20 years if fitted properly. This makes them a great choice for homeowners on a tight budget.

However, compared to other roofing tiles and shingles, 3-tab shingles look quite plan. Their flat surface can sometimes make them drab. They are also more prone to warping and peeling as they expand and contract in changing temperatures.

Architectural Laminated

Architectural laminated shingles are the emerging most popular variety of the most popular roofing material in the country. Made by forming two or more shingles on top of each other, architectural shingles are not considerably more durable then 3-tabs, lasting 30 years or more. Their textured look also adds an extra oomph in looks and can give your home a distinctive appearance.

The downside to architectural shingles is their price. This is why it will be important to have roofers who know what they’re doing, so that you can get the most of from your roof.

Get the Best People to Do the Job for You

Shingle roofs are the standard for any US roofing company. For us at Semper Roofing, they are our specialty. As certified experts in using products from roofing construction material manufacturers like CertainTeed, Tamko, and GAF; you can rest assured that you’ll not only have the best quality roofing materials, you’ll also have the best people to put them up.

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Semper West customer service was wonderful and very friendly to talk to, and the job was fast and professional now the siding look as new without replaced the new siding as most contractors recommend. Kudos to Jonathan Carswell for excellent job and pro quality work. Looking forward to work with this company in the future.

- Jonathan T. Silver Spring, MD