Videos detail the anatomy of commercial and residential asphalt roofing systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 3, 2015) – The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has produced two new educational videos that provide an in-depth look at the different components that make up low- and steep-slope roofing systems. The new video, Asphalt Roofing 101- A System Above the Rest, is split into two segments for the purpose of educating both the homeowner and commercial property owner.

Whether you own a residential or commercial property, installing a new roof is a major decision. The function of a roof is to protect our loved ones, property and valuable assets from the worst that Mother Nature offers. These new videos showcase the different kinds of low- and steep-slope asphalt roofing systems available and how a whole-system approach can provide long-term durability, reliability and value to a property.

Several key components work together to form a complete roofing system. Using the proper system components can help increase the performance of an asphalt roof and provide peace of mind with the final installation.

“There are many important components that ARMA recommends for roofing systems, from using an underlayment and ice and water barrier on a residential roof to installing multiple waterproofing layers on a commercial property,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “These new videos add to the wealth of expert, trustworthy information that ARMA provides to industry members.”

ARMA recommends that residential properties with steep-slope systems generally include six components: an ice and water barrier product, an underlayment, a shingle starter product, asphalt shingles, hip and ridge shingles and ventilation, both for intake and exhaust. The steep-slope segment of Asphalt Roofing 101 provides images and video that illustrate each component and examine how they work together to protect the valuable assets in a home.

Asphaltic technology offers a range of low-slope roofing options, including Built-Up Roofing (BUR), Atactic Polypropylene (APP) and Styrene Butadiene Styrene (SBS), as well as many different installation methods. The low-slope segment of Asphalt Roofing 101 details these different options so that a commercial property owner can make an educated choice when installing a new roof.

“ARMA is committed to being a resource for the consumer, both homeowners and the roofing professional, by providing trusted, educational materials on asphalt roofing,” said Hitchcock. “These videos provide free, easily-accessible information that can help any property owner choose the best roofing option for them.”

To view the Asphalt Roofing 101- A System Above the Rest video segments, visit the ARMA website,, or visit the ARMA YouTube channel.


About ARMA

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is the North American trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of bituminous-based residential and commercial fiberglass roofing products, roll roofing, built-up (BUR) roofing systems and modified bitumen roofing systems. ARMA will be celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2015. For more information about ARMA and its history, please visit