Among the most common (and most popular) roofing materials available today are architectural shingles. These type of shingles are essentially dimensional or laminated shingles that are made using a fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated minerals that are embedded in a water-resistant asphalt.
Their popularity results from the fact that they have a distinct, unique textural and multi-dimensional appearance. This means that they can add to the aesthetics of your home. However, they also have several other benefits.
Architectural shingles are available in a variety of materials, including synthetic slate. The synthetic slate means that you don’t have to worry about the added weight of real slate and that the shingles will not require any additional, heavy support. They are also available in materials that resemble cedarwood. However, unlike real cedar wood, architectural shingles are fire-resistant.
These shingles tend to be thicker than most other shingles and are available in many unique color variations. You can install them in different sizes and in complementary colors in order to add a greater aesthetic appeal to your home design.
There are also other advantages that you should consider. These include:
Architectural shingles are available in a significant variety of colors, textures, and patterns. Furthermore, as discussed, they can also be crafted to resemble other materials, including slate, tile, and cedar. This means that you can get the aesthetic benefit of these materials without having to worry about the additional cost of premium materials.
While they are heavy, these shingles do not require the extra support that asphalt shingles do. This means that they put less stress on your roof. Furthermore, they are also easier and less costly to install. This is because they are easier to cut and fit onto your roof.
Traditional 3 tab shingles tend to be vulnerable to damage from severe weather such as heavy rain and winds, hail, etc. This is because they only have a single layer of material that is stacked on top of either a cloth or fiberglass mat.
On the other hand, architectural shingles are made from multiple layers of asphalt and granules that are laminated together. This means that they are stronger and more durable – for example, traditional shingles can withstand 60-80 mph of wind, while architectural shingles can withstand up to 130 mph of wind.
✓ Energy Efficient
These shingles provide more insulation and deflect more light, as compared to traditional shingles. This means that they reduce the amount of heat transference your home receives around the year.
This, in turn, means that they remain cooler in the summer, and you benefit from lower heating and cooling bills for your home.
✓ Life Span
Standard asphalt shingles have a life span of between 15 and 20 years. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, can last between 25 and 30 years at a minimum. Some super-premium variants can last up to 50 years, and the highest quality variants can come with warranties of up to 75 years.
These shingles can come with a higher initial cost (25-30% higher) as compared to traditional asphalt shingles. However, the longer life span – double or longer as compared to asphalt variants – mean that you get far more value for money as compared with alternatives.
We want to answer all the questions you might have and guide you through the process of choosing the perfect roofing materials for your needs.