Decoding the Spectacular Success of India’s Favorite Roofing Product

It was October 2004 when a renowned award-winning architect in Pune, Maharashtra, was engaged to create a beautiful roof with a unique cedar finish, for an upcoming residential project in Sangli, Maharashtra. As luck would have it, Saint-Gobain, the world’s No. 1 leader in building products, launched its internationally acclaimed roofing product, Saint-Gobain Roofing Shingles, the very same year in India.

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After a round of product awareness drive and site visits, it was Saint-Gobain’s patented Presidential Series Shingles that were selected for installation on the roof. Thanks to their tri-laminate build and rustic sculpted profile, the shingles not only provided the desired aesthetical appeal that the architect was looking for, but also affirmed their ability to withstand any inclement weather conditions for a long period of time. This marked the beginning of the era of Roofing Shingles in India, ably pioneered by Saint-Gobain and widely accepted and appreciated by Architects, Builders, and Homeowners across a fast developing and modernizing India.

Till date, over 500 lakh sqft of roofing in India has been executed using shingles, wherein Saint-Gobain continues to lead by introducing the most superior quality and architecturally designed shingles. A few project references include the new Legislative Assembly Buildings in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the Biswa Bangla Convention Hall in Kolkata, five university campuses, numerous gated-community projects of reputed builders in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Delhi, etc, and hundreds of private residences, farmhouses, vacation homes, and holiday resorts.

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So, what makes Saint-Gobain Roofing Shingles unique? Technically, Roofing Shingles are composites of high-grade asphalt, reinforced with fiberglass and mineral stabilized. The upper layer is overlaid with high strength ceramic coated mineral granules, while below the bottom layer is a mineral stabilizer cum fire-retardant coating. The granular layer provides multiple hues of shades which do not fade during the life of the building.

Also, the matt-like form (roughly 3 feet in length and 1 feet in width) of shingles can adhere to various roof profiles and forms such as sloped roofs, high-pitched roofs, dome/conical roofs etc. They can be conveniently installed on any slab (RCC/Fiber Cement Board/Marine Plywood etc) as long as it is a minimum 16mm thick.

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Available in seven distinct designs and 20 shades, Saint Gobain shingles easily blend with the ambience. Their slate-like, zigzag, or tapered profiles, available in shades of brown, green, blue, red, grey, etc. give umpteen choices to architects to design roofs that harmonize with their surroundings, giving an earthy feel. Additionally, an International Lifetime Warranty offered by Saint-Gobain validates the shingles’ long-lasting characteristic.

Saint-Gobain continues to spearhead a pan-India product awareness drive on Roofing Shingles and their advantages, especially in the Indian building construction industry. An all-India network of dealers and company-trained application teams ensure quality work that holds aloft the international application standards set by Saint-Gobain.

It is for these reasons that the company’s CertainTeed range of shingles continue to be the most preferred roofing option for sloped roof projects in India. Numerous bungalows, high-end residences, plush villas, gated-communities, townships, educational institutions, government offices, and many buildings of various typologies with sloped roofs have had shingles laid on their rooftops for adding an element of distinction to the building and giving lifelong performance.

With a proven track record of exemplary performance and with the quality backing of CertainTeed Saint-Gobain, shingles are here to stay. Have a look at some amazing roofing projects executed using shingles, on our website