Asphalt roofing is chosen for its beauty, affordability and reliability

ARMA’s Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program seeks to recognize contractors across North America who choose asphalt roofing and who install beautiful, high-performing systems. These contractors choose asphalt roofing materials for their range of colors and designs, for their ability to meet stringent project requirements and for the peace of mind they bring to a homeowner or building owner.

The projects honored in this year’s Awards Program use asphalt roofing in numerous ways. Some rely on the redundant, weatherproof layers of low-slope membranes to provide durability and protection to a building and its inhabitants. Others use designer shingles to match a unique design aesthetic, to blend with the environment of a home or to mimic the look of a more expensive roofing material. Whatever the reason, these award-winning installations demonstrate the numerous challenges that asphalt roofing can help to solve.

ARMA receives dozens of submissions each year that are judged by a panel of roofing industry experts, including leaders from multiple trade associations, architects and members of the media. The judges look for projects that use asphalt roofing technology to provide durability, value and curb appeal.

The Southgate Veterinary Hospital

M & J Construction

Moorehead, Minnesota


The 4,600-square-foot veterinary hospital in Fargo, North Dakota is where animals come to heal; however, in the spring of 2018 it was the roof that needed healing. Due to chronic leaking, it became apparent that a total reroof was necessary to solve the building’s problems, so the owner selected asphalt shingles for their aesthetics, affordability and weather resistance. Asphalt’s large color wheel provided a range of color and design choices, making it easy to match the new, beautiful roofing system to the stucco at an affordable rate.

Weather resistance was an important factor too since the flatlands of North Dakota are known for high winds plus hot and cold weather extremes. Shingles were trusted to provide the necessary durability against the expected and unexpected changes in the climate.

M & J Construction of Moorhead, Minnesota chose a full CertainTeed system with Landmark® Pro Max Def shingles in the color Georgetown Gray, SwiftStart® starter shingles, and Shadow Ridge® hip and ridge shingles. For the underlayment, WinterGuard® sheets were chosen for protection against water penetration, while RoofRunner™ was used for its protection against slipping and added water resistance. For the project’s signature paw print, a Flintlastic® SA Capin Moire Black was used, thrilling the owner and giving the roof a special “pop!”

The Sonoma Dome

Wedge Roofing

Petaluma, California


In October of 2017, this popular vacation rental stood less than a mile away from the Nuns Fire, a deadly California wildfire that ravaged the Sonoma/Napa valley area. While the blaze was defeated, the property was not spared from flying debris and subsequent damage. With the original roof already scheduled for replacement, the owners decided to accelerate the timeline. With over 40 years of dome roofing experience, local contractor Wedge Roofing was called to install a roofing system on the unique structure. Wedge recommended an asphalt shingle roofing system for its proven track record, dependability, visual appeal and multiple layers of water resistance.

In a six day timeframe, Wedge installed GAF Pro-Start®, GAF Timberline HD®, GAF Z® Ridge hip & ridgecaps in the color Hickory, and a self-adhering modified bitumen base sheet and cap sheet. Within 48 hours, the property was hosting international travelers once again.

The Rancho Santa Fe Storybook House

Professional Roofing and Solar

El Cajon, California


After the previous wood shingle roofing system was devastated by termites and extensive rotting, this 11,500-square-foot home with 159 facets needed a roofing upgrade. Located within the San Diego metropolitan area, the owners wanted to address their roof’s ailments without sacrificing the overall and signature wood shake design. So, asphalt shingles were selected for their unique ability to realistically replicate wood shake at an affordable cost while still offering a durable solution. For the replacement, Professional Roofing and Solar from El Cajon, California installed CertainTeed Presidential Shake® asphalt shingles while CertainTeed WinterGuard® underlayment sheets were chosen to boost protection against water intrusion.

Honorable Mention

Case de Lupita Diamond Gate
HAC Construction
El Paso, Texas

Honorable Mention

Elm Grove Castle
Brennan Exteriors, LLC.
Elm Grove, Wisconsin

Honorable Mention

Advanced Construction Roofing
Littleton, Colorado

Honorable Mention

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital
Roofing Solutions, LLC.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The 2019 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program Winners May 8, 2017