Architectural shingles are heavier than 3-tab shingles and also much more durable. Standard asphalt shingles contain a single layer of material on top of a glass mat, while architectural shingles are made from multiple layers of material, asphalt and granules. Its asphalt is stronger and more refined. Due to the thickness and composition, they have a higher wind resistance. Some are able to withstand up to 120 mph winds, whereas a three tab has the vulnerability of being taken off by even straight line winds. They also offer better fire resistance than standard composition shingles. Finally, one of the ultimate benefits of architectural shingles is the warranty. Ranging from 35 – 45 years (or sometimes, to the shingles’ lifetime), all architectural shingles come with some type of valuable warranty that is much longer than 3 tab which a normal warranty from around 25-30.
Architectural shingles are customizable to fit your individual tastes. The three dimensional pattern of these shingles is designed to look like expensive slate or cedar shake roofs. Their depth and texture gives them a high quality appearance without the maintenance hassle or expense. You can choose from a variety of colors and textures to fit your individual tastes and to match the look and feel of your home. They have distinctive look that enhances the home’s beauty and curb appeal.
While these high performance shingles cost less than slate or shake roofing, they usually cost around 20-30% more per square than 3-tab shingles. Despite the higher initial costs, they can potentially pay for themselves over time due to their longevity and durability. You will find that these shingles last longer and require less maintenance and replacement over the years compared to 3-tab shingles.
Guyette Roofing and Construction installs 200 roofs systems every year. We are able to buy Architectural Shingles for the same price as 3-tab shingles and offer a free upgrade. With over 30 years of experience and the top roof technicians in Montgomery, Alabama, Guyette will undertake roofing and construction projects that other contractors turn down. Guyette Roofing and Construction will provide quality work with excellent customer care.