The basic three-tab shingle was one of the first styles of asphalt shingles produced, and it is still the most prevalent style sold in the United States. However, some homeowners felt that the shingles lacked the “pizazz” of natural roofing materials, such as cedar shakes or clay tile. Many people opted for the more expensive alternatives to asphalt shingles — only to discover that they had their own problems. For example, neither type stands up well to hail, and although asphalt shingles can also be damaged by hail, repairs are less expensive. Many cities have banned wood shakes due to the increased fire hazard. Still, homeowners longed for the curb appeal provided by the natural roofing materials.
Enter the architectural shingle. Architectural shingles are manufactured to resemble natural roofing materials, such as tile, shakes or slate. In essence, architectural shingles are made by combining two or three shingles together. Typically, the bottom shingle is straight and flat, while the top shingle is cut to provide a three-dimensional effect and subtle shadowing.
Advantages of Architectural Shingles
Architectural shingles are heavier than their three-tab cousins, but they are typically lighter than most natural roofing materials. This eliminates the need to have special structural support in place before applying them, but at the same time, the weight of the architectural shingles makes them more resistant to blow-offs.
Architectural shingles typically have longer warranties. Depending on the manufacturer and style, manufacturers guarantee these shingles for up to 50 years. Remember that the manufacturer’s warranty only covers defective manufacturing and not installation errors, so you will want to be sure to select a reputable, experienced roofing contractor.
Depending on the type of architectural shingles you choose, they can provide additional insulation, enhanced fire resistance or reduced energy costs for cooling your home.
Most homeowners, however, consider the greatest benefit of architectural shingles to be appearance. In addition to resembling wood shakes, slate or tile, architectural shingles are available in a variety of colors, making it easy to achieve a “custom” look without a “custom” price tag.
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Alpha Roofing is a roofing contractor that has more than 30 years of experience providing quality roofing and siding services to customers throughout Central Texas, including the greater Austin area. Our crews are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and a worksite that is both safe and clean. You can request your free, no-obligation quote by submitting our online form or calling (512) 777-1086.