Understanding Architectural Shingles


If you want a sturdy and strong replacement roof, then you probably know that you have a wide variety of options. And, while you may want the traditional three-tab shingles, architectural varieties are a good option as well. If you are unfamiliar with these, then keep reading to learn about what architectural shingles are and what kind of benefits they have.

What Are Architectural Shingles?

Normal three-tab asphalt shingles are the standard for homes across the United States, and they provide your home with a traditional look. However, if you are looking for something that is a little bit more modern or luxurious, then architectural shingles may be better. These shingles are made from asphalt like the traditional ones, but the tabs are created from geometric shapes that present a more three-dimensional look. The shingles appear to be more layered to give the appearance of a stone, slate, or tiled roof. And, the tabs are shorter, thinner, and more numerous. Some shingles are even made from a synthetic slate material to give more of a stone look, without the added weight and need for a thick underlayment.

While the architectural shingle tabs are often rectangular, some are hexagonal with slanted edges. This helps to create a shadow underneath the shingles that adds to the three-dimensional appearance.

What Are The Benefits Of Architectural Shingles?

Architectural shingles are a bit heavier than traditional three-tab varieties due to the way that the shingles are pieced together. This allows for layering as well as the three-dimensional look. However, the shingles are still lighter than a lot of other materials like ceramic or stone, and they can be placed on most plywood underlayments.

The layering and the weight of the shingles help to increase their strength. And, due to the way the tabs are fitted together, they are less likely to tear or rip. This allows for ideal protections against leaks. Strength against high winds is another benefit, as the tabs are smaller and less likely to be lifted from the roof's surface during a storm.

Since the architectural shingles are made to last longer and are a bit more expensive than three-tab options, warranties are often more substantial with many businesses offering 30 years or more of coverage. 

If you want to learn about architectural roofs and whether the three-dimensional shingles are a good fit for your home, speak with your local roofing expert. 

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20 March 2020

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