Architectural Shingles Defined
Architectural shingles are made with a heavier base mat and an additional layer of asphalt towards the bottom of each shingle to create the architectural or “dimensional” look. The benefit to this distinctive look is that they can resemble cedar, slate, tile and more. Some Homeowners Associations require Architectural shingles to keep esthetic uniformity.
These shingles are created to be heavier than traditional three tab shingles are. This extra weight works to create a more durable wind resistant shingle that, when combined to make a roof, lasts longer and has a better ability to protect your home for a longer period of time. These materials often come with warranties for between 20-50 years depending on the material and who installs it.
The standard three tab shingle contains a flat, simple looking layer with no dimension to it. The benefit to these shingles is they are less expensive than the laminated or architectural shingles.
Traditional asphalt composition shingles known as 3 tab, a descriptive term, are a sheet of shingles that has three tabs on it separated by grooves. They are very uniform looking when they are installed. The life span is approximately 20 years and the standard three tab shingle contains a flat layer with no dimension to it.
Architectural shingles can protect your roof for between 30 and 50 years, and they will cost you more money. Depending on your area it could be anywhere from 20-30% more. You can find these shingles made by a variety of manufacturers, including GAF, CertainTeed, Iko, Owens Corning and more. Contact Elite Roofing and we can provide you with a variety of samples of different material samples, to suit your HOA requirements and to complement your homes’ style.