Architectural shingles have been on the market for a year, but they have completely transformed the ordinary, boring asphalt shingle. Although these unique shingles are still comprised of asphalt, they have a distinct look and feel, and they are transforming neighbourhoods one roof at a time.
We’re all aware with the process of making asphalt shingles: they start with a paper substrate, which is then coated with asphalt and a grainy, gritty surface before being glued to our roof. Architectural shingles are a luxury form of the asphalt shingle, twice as thick as conventional shingles and manufactured with a more refined type of asphalt. They’re also called laminated, dimensional, or composite shingles because of their three-dimensional appearance, which instantly adds interest to your roof. Some of these, in fact, make your roof look like it’s made of slate, which is a very expensive and heavy alternative, but without the added structural requirements that a heavy roof requires.
These premium 3-tab roofing materials are heavier than regular 3-tab roofing materials and can withstand winds of up to 120 mph, which is about twice as strong as the 3-tab variety. This is especially important in areas that experience frequent summer storms and/or harsh winters with lots of snow and strong winds.
What about appearances? These architectural or three-dimensional roofing materials come with a long warranty, often around 45 years, which is around ten years longer than their less expensive counterparts. Although they are more expensive than conventional shingles, premium shingles give your home a more current and intriguing appearance. The superior three-tab materials appear to be textured and moulded to the curve of your roof, whereas the three-tab materials merely sit on your roof.
The most crucial aspect of your house is the roof. It is our largest uncovered surface, and we rely on it to keep us safe, warm, and dry in the winter, as well as safe, dry, and cool in the summer. Architectural shingles improve the appearance of any roof by providing higher weather resistance, better wind resistance, a heavier presence, and a wide range of colour and texture options. Sure, you can get a true slate roof with plenty of reinforcement and a lot of money, or you can get the premium version of the old favourite.