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 Cincinnati Music Hall

Imbus Roofing Co., Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio


The 225,000-square-foot Cincinnati Music Hall, designed by 19th century architect Samuel Hannaford, is one of the largest and most beautiful concert halls in the world. In May of 2016, renovations to the Music Hall’s interior and exterior began due to structural deterioration. The Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation chose Imbus Roofing Co., Inc. to install the new roofing system because of their previous work there and on other high-profile buildings in the area. The Music Hall had been adorned previously with high-end slate tiles, so CertainTeed’s Grand Manor® luxury asphalt shingles were used to replicate the roof’s slate aesthetic. To provide additional protection against the elements, DiamondDeck® and WinterGuard® underlayments were also installed. Imbus Roofing used approximately 600 squares of Grand Manor in two colors, Stonegate Gray and Brownstone to match the distinctive striped pattern of the original roof.

The ability of asphalt to replicate the slate look was of utmost importance, as the Music Hall is a historic icon with a prominent, beautiful and unique roof. Durability was crucial because Cincinnati endures harsh wind, rain and snow throughout the year. Additionally, as compared to slate, the price and simplicity to install the asphalt shingle system were very important due to the magnitude and complexity of the project, which involved steep slopes, and various steeples.


Topsail Residence

Reliant Roofing, Inc. Ponte Vedra, Florida


The Topsail Residence in Ponte Vedra, Florida, underwent a major new addition and roof installation project recently. However, after only two years, the 10,600-square-foot roof was experiencing significant leaking issues that couldn’t be easily rectified due to poor craftsmanship and the use of inferior products for the region. Living in Florida where hurricanes are common, the homeowners were adamant about installing a high-quality, durable and wind-resistant designer asphalt shingle roofing system.

Reliant Roofing Inc. of Ponte Vedra, FL recommended GAF Grand Canyon® Lifetime Designer Shingles in the color Stone Wood. Reliant’s choice was based on their experience with the product in numerous high-wind events. Not only was the asphalt shingle durable, it also delivered exceptional curb appeal. The homeowners also selected the Timbertex® Premium Ridge Cap to compliment the shingles. Reliant hand sealed the cap and used GAF self-adhering Leak Barrier on the deck.


The Museum of the American Revolution

Thomas Company, Inc. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The Museum of the American Revolution is a three-story, 118,000 square foot facility that was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The building incorporates an extensive green roof, advanced storm water management, air-cycling and heat recovery systems. The storm water that is collected by the building is used in the climate control system to help preserve artifacts. This historic project demanded a high quality roofing membrane that offered an aesthetic appeal to the building.

Thomas Company, Inc. chose SOPREMA’s SBS Modified Base Ply – ELASTOPHENE Flam with the SBS Modified Bitumen Flashing Base Ply – SOPRALENE Flam 180 to protect the roof membrane from foot traffic, resist water penetration and create a more rigid and stable surface for the vegetative roof and terrace roofs. The SBS modified bitumen system’s elongation and recovery properties offer protection from extreme heat and extreme cold weather conditions, helping keep the Museum’s roof water-resistant year-round.

Honorable Mention

Big House Castle Rock
Jireh 7 Enterprises
Castle Rock, Colorado

Honorable Mention

Closson Chase Winery Church Roof
Al Anthony Roofing LTD.
Hillier, Ontario, Canada

Honorable Mention

Tiny House & Toy Shop
M&J Construction
Erhard, Minnesota

Honorable Mention

West Loch Village Senior Apartments
M&R Roofing
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
The 2018 Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program Winners May 8, 2017