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Why Should You Consider Installing Architectural Shingles?

If you’re thinking about replacing your aging roof, you may want to consider using architectural shingles to upgrade your home’s…
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Jacob Wadding

If you’re thinking about replacing your aging roof, you may want to consider using architectural shingles to upgrade your home’s style and aesthetic.

There’s a lot to learn about the various types of asphalt shingles out there. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t know the difference between the different styles or how many options you actually have.

That’s what we’re here for. Below we’ll uncover everything you need to know about architectural shingles and how they measure up to the other styles. 

What Are Architectural Roofing Shingles?

What are architectural shingles, and how do they differ from 3-tab, laminated, compositional, and other types of shingles?

For starters, all of the terms noted above refer to the same type of asphalt shingles, meaning that they all feature asphalt as the primary material. They also feature tough fiberglass material with mineral granules embedded in the top layer to provide an impact-resistant finish that stands up against the elements.

So what makes architectural shingles different from the others?

  • They’re also referred to as dimensional shingles as they’re designed to simulate the appearance of wood shake roofing to add depth to your roof
  • They’re made with two layers of asphalt laminated together over the fiberglass materials, making them thicker
  • They’re installed using heavy-duty nail strips and high-quality adhesives to ensure wind resistance and impact resistance (hence their high wind ratings)
  • They’re the most durable out of all the types of asphalt shingles, lasting up to 30 years with proper care and maintenance

Essentially, architectural shingles are designed to be better aesthetically and physically.

Why Choose Architectural Shingles

professional worker using nail gun to install architectural shingles

Now that we’ve highlighted what separates architectural roof shingles from other types of shingles, let’s uncover the advantages and disadvantages they’re associated with.

✅ The Advantages of Architectural Shingles

You’ll find that the pros of architectural shingles far outway the cons as they include:

  • Phenomenal wind resistance ratings: Premium architectural shingles feature wind resistance ratings of up to 130 miles per hour. 3-tab shingles only feature a wind resistance of 30 mph, which may suffice during a thunder or snowstorm but likely won’t hold up against more severe storms.
  • Incredible durability: Aside from wind resistance, architectural shingles can hold up to the impacts of environmental factors thanks to their overall design. Since these shingles are made of two laminated layers of asphalt, they’re more robust. This is what enables them to withstand the harshest weather events.
  • They’re long-lasting: Architectural shingles can last between 20 and 30 years with proper care and maintenance, which is longer than most types of asphalt shingle roofing systems. 
  • They come with excellent warranties: You’ll find that many manufacturers offer warranties for up to 50 years or lifetime warranties. While the shingles themselves may not outlast their average lifespan, you’ll get peace of mind knowing that your investment is covered when it comes to a future roof replacement.
  • They’re energy-efficient: If you’re looking to not only replace your roof but increase your home’s overall energy efficiency, architectural shingles are the way to go. These shingles typically come with highly reflective granules to reduce your roof’s temperature by reflecting more of the sun’s rays back into the atmosphere. This will reduce the need for your HVAC system to work overtime during the warmer months.
  • Aesthetic value: Architectural shingles are attractive and come in a wide range of color options to match virtually all home aesthetics. They also come in a variety of patterns and textures to add to your home’s aesthetics, which can undoubtedly boost your curb appeal.

❌ The Disadvantage of Architectural Shingles

The only disadvantages of architectural shingles include:

  • Weight: Architectural shingles typically weigh between 65 and 80 pounds per bundle. The heaviness can affect your roof’s structural integrity if you don’t have the proper roof deck and foundation installed along with the shingles.
  • Higher costs: These types of shingles are the most expensive of all the asphalt shingles, costing between $500 and $785 per square (which is 100 square feet). This is in addition to labor and installation costs. However, due to their versatility, durability, and warranties, they make for an excellent investment.

Are Architectural Shingles Right For Your Home?

Architectural Roofing Shingles on house roof against blue sky

When you’re choosing among the different types of roofing material, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons as well as think about your budget. Architectural shingles are a great investment if you’re looking for something that’s durable, long-lasting, and will boost your home’s curb appeal.

Fortunately, you don’t have to compromise quality for your budget anymore, as most roofing companies offer special financing plans to help you achieve the roof of your dreams. The roofing professionals at ARCH Exteriors offer financing plans and more. 

Give us a call today to schedule a free inspection and learn more about your roofing options!

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