Have you been considering a new roof for your home? Been noticing that there are differences in roofing shingles? Take a drive around the Maryland metropolitan area and you’ll notice that more and more homes’ roofs are being replaced with architectural shingles or sometimes referred to as dimensional roofing shingles.
New home builders are moving away from standard three-tab shingle and to the newer architectural shingles. The added dimension brings a better overall look to a home. These shingles are not only very attractive they are a much sturdier roofing shingle. Their base matting construction of fiberglass coated layers mixed with mineral granules embedded into a water-resistant asphalt layer provides a much stronger roof shingle.
Why consider an architectural shingle?
There are three main reasons to consider an architectural shingle: performance, durability, and looks. When it comes to performance, the only thing three-tap shingles have over the newer architectural shingles is the price. They are cheaper. For a homeowner with a tight budget, an older style three-tab shingle installed properly will adequately protect your home. An architectural shingle, because of its heavier construction, it is less susceptible to warping and stands up to the weather and elements much better. The newer shingles provide longer protection and because of that, come with longer warranties.
The newer architectural shingles are much more durable than the older three-tap shingles. In terms of the life of your roof, dimensional shingles have proven to last 25 to 30 years and as long as 50. Older three-tab shingles, on average, will only last on average 15 to 18 years. The other advantage the newer shingles have is the algae and mildew resistant characteristics.
Looks and curb appeal go to the new architectural shingles. The multi-dimension look is much more desired today.
When its all said and done, the newer shingles are overall much better. They provide better performance, durability and will last longer. Protection for your home is key and an architectural shingle will do that nicely.