Tamko Titan XT Shingle


Tamko Titan XT

The Titan XT is  Tamko’s new architectural/dimensional-style shingle and is part of the Tamko Heritage Proline™ .  The Titan XT has an array of features not found in their Heritage shingle.  The most notable improvements are:

–A defined nailing zone (5x larger than in the Heritage line) that is reinforced with a 2 inch polyester fabric strip.

–A much more robust sealing strip that allow for a 15 year limited warranty on winds up to 160mph.

A full Tamko Titan XT review will be posted in the future.

Features and Specifications:

  • Material: Fiberglass/Asphalt
  • Rapid Fire Zone™ — a clearly defined 1-1/2″
    expanded nailing zone
  • A reinforced nail line — 2″ poly strip reinforcing the nailing zone and the common bond
  • Manufactured with an enhanced, polymer-modified shingle sealant
  • Limited Lifetime warranty
  • 10-year Full Start™ non-prorated warranty period
  • 10-year Algae Cleaning Limited Warranty
  • 6 colors
  • Wind warranty: 15 year limited warranty for winds up to 160 mph when applied in accordance with Titan XT’s
    High Wind Application Instructions
  • Shingle size: 13-1/4″ × 39-3/8″
  • Exposure: 5 5/8″
  • Approximate pieces/square: 64
  • Approximate bundles/square: 3
Titan XT
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Types of Roofing Hammers

Even with the innovation of pneumatic roofing nail guns, hammers are still necessary in roofing.  There are many different shapes and sizes of hammers available, each with different specific functions.  For residential roofing, four styles of hammers are mostly used.  What type you use depends on what type of roofing you are doing.  Asphalt shingles, slate, tile, and cedar shingles are the most common roofing material for sloped residential roofs, and installation for these materials usually requires a hammer and fasteners.

curved claw hammer

Some common hammer options include smooth face, milled face (to help grip the nail), magnetic nail holder, steel head, titanium head, wood handle, fiberglass handle, steel handle, rubber handle grip, leather handle grip, replaceable heads, etc.

Double-claw Hammer

The double-claw hammer is the most common all-around hammer used in general roofing applications.  straight claw hammer The claw is for pulling nails, or to pry wood or other materials, and can either be straight or curved.  A straight claw may also be used for light demolition.  A framing hammer is usually too large and unnecessary for most residential roofing work.

Roofing Hatchet

A roofing hatchet (small axe) is primarily used for asphalt shingle installation.  The hatchet can be used for demolition.

shingle roofing hatchet

Other features roofing hatchets may have are shingle guides, built-in knife for cutting shingles, magnetic nail holder, and nail pullers.

Roofing Pick Hammer

The pick hammer includes the ability to pull nails, but has a sharpened pick instead of a double claw. roofing pick hammer The pick can be used to punch holes in slate and other materials.

Slate Hammer

While not essential to slate repair and installation, the slate hammer makes working with slate more efficient.  Features include a sharpened pick to punch nail holes, nail puller, beveled shaft to cut slates.  There are different versions for left and right-handed users. A slate anvil is an accessory often used when trimming slate.slate anvil

Top Shingle Manufacturers

Top Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers in North America

There are many options when trying to choose the best asphalt shingle for your roof.  Each manufacturer has numerous types of shingles that vary in style, color, features and lifespan.  Shingle reviews will vary greatly, and accurate rankings can be difficult to find.

Negative reviews are not always because of an inferior product.  Many public reviews are tainted by bias (think about the Chevy fan that says all Fords are junk).  They can also be due to poor installation by the contractor/homeowner, wrong usage for the product (low slope, etc.).  Shingles that improperly stored or handled can cause issues that are not the fault of the manufacturer. best asphalt shingles

There are cases of bad batches of shingles or even a total failure of a product in which the shingle never gets close to its warranted lifespan.  When choosing a shingle, talk with your contractor about the quality of the shingle and the warranty.  Keep in mind that each shingle manufacturer has specific qualifications that must be met in order for a warranty to be honored.

Below is a list of major shingle manufacturers in 2019 in the United States and Canada.







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