VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — NorthGate, the newest designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability and a rich mixture of surface granules for added aesthetic depth and dimension.

Currently available in the northwest region of the United States, NorthGate is designed to endure harsh, cold-weather elements affronting the roof. The new shingle’s SBS composition allows it to remain flexible at temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit, making it easier to install in cold climates. Plus, the two-piece laminated fiberglass-based shingle meets the requirements of UL 2218 Class 4 for impact resistance — the highest rating possible.

“CertainTeed has been developing roofing materials since the turn of the 20th century, and NorthGate continues our tradition of designing strong, beautiful products,” said Bob Gardiner, vice president of marketing for CertainTeed Roofing. “With NorthGate, endurance is simply innate, so the shingle lasts longer and keeps its original look longer, and that’s something we are proud to stand behind.”

When tested against a standard asphalt shingle, NorthGate demonstrated a 40 percent improvement in tear strength, a 40 percent improvement in nail pull-through resistance and a 15 percent increase in granule retention.

In addition to its strength, NorthGate features a rich mixture of surface granules that deliver vibrant, maximum-definition curb appeal and create a dimensional appearance similar to that of natural wood. NorthGate is available in six classic Max Def colors: Burnt Sienna, Granite Gray, Heather Blend, Moire Black, Resawn Shake and Weathered Wood.

The 270-pound-per-square NorthGate comes with a comprehensive lifetime warranty, including a 15-year StreakFighter® warranty, 10-year SureStart protection and 15-year 110 mph wind-resistance warranty. A wind warranty upgrade to 130 mph is available when NorthGate is installed with its companion hip-and-ridge accessory, NorthGate Ridge, and CertainTeed starter shingles.

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