Architectural shingles, or dimensional shingles, allow for a house to have a vivid three-dimensional design on their roof instead of the flat horizontal look of 3-tab shingles. Many people prefer the look of architectural shingles because they mimic the look of natural wooden of stone slate shingles.
Architectural shingles differ from 3-tab shingles because they are created with a thicker base mat. The base mat consists of multiple layers that have been stuck together with a unique sealant. It is the full property of architectural shingles that give them their three-dimensional look.
Architectural shingles were developed in the 70’s. Many homeowners wanted shingles that look more natural like cedar shingles but provided the efficiency and performance of asphalt shingles. They then began layering shingles together to get the desired effect. As a bonus, the thicker shingles also hide the imperfections of a roof better than other options at the time. The only downside is that they were more expensive due to the way they were made, and ended up being too expensive for most households. Therefore, they were only used for houses on the higher end of the home market. Luckily, however, as technology has advanced, the prices of architectural shingles have gone down considerably, and they are now affordable for most families.
Benefits of Architectural Shingles
Architectural shingles provide more advantages over 3-tab shingles than just being more attractive. The wind uplift resistance of architectural shingles is rated to be between 110 and 130 miles per hour, which is as much as 60 miles per hour stronger as a 3-tab shingle. They are more durable than other shingles because the thicker shingle makes it harder for wind and other adverse weather to damage or warp them.
The warranty and lifespan for architectural shingles are also much longer than 3-tab shingles. While 3-tab shingles may only last 20 years and have a 15 your warranty, dimensional shingle manufacturers’ warranties can last for as long as 50 years with the expected lifespan of the shingles being 30 years.
A bundle of architectural shingles may cost in between $35 and $45, and you may need three or four packages to complete a square, depending on the manufacturer they are purchased from. A square is an industrial term for an area of 100 square feet. So, you may be looking at costs of $140 to $180 per square or architectural shingles.
One of the greatest aspects of architectural shingles is that they can go a long way in increasing the value of your home. Even though the price for dimensional shingles has gone down since their creations, the beauty they can add to a home can increase your home’s property value by a large margin. They also come in a large variety of patterns and colors so you can further personalize your home.
Cons of Architectural Shingles
While architectural shingles are great, they do have a couple of drawbacks. The distinct disadvantage is that they cost a fair bit more than other options, but as we mentioned earlier, they have become much more affordable over the years.
However, another problem stems from the method in which they are created. They are heavier than most other types of roofing (which gives them a significant amount of strength and durability), but the added weight from the thicker shingle may cause an issue for older houses or houses with less support for the roof. The added pressure can cause roofs to collapse or bend, which could do severe damage to the home.
As for the added cost of the architectural shingles, they may still be worth it. Their durability and longevity allow for homeowners to save money in the long run, even if the upfront cost is slightly more. It is speculated that dimensional shingles cost around 20% more than 3-tab shingles, but they last as much as 70% longer.
If you decide that architectural shingles are the right choice for you and your home, it is imperative that you hire the right roofers for the job to ensure that your home is structurally sound enough to handle the added weight of thicker shingles.
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Architectural shingles are arguably the most popular type of asphalt shingle in use today and for a good reason, their durability and strength and nearly unmatched. Give us a call if you are ready to explore design options for shingle styles for your roof replacement. We will be happy to walk you through the various shingle options and give you a free no-obligation quote.