The Pros and Cons of Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles, also known as laminate shingles, look like traditional asphalt shingles. However, they are a different product. They are basically an asphalt shingle that has been coated with a layer of laminate. If you love the look of asphalt shingles, you may find yourself looking at architectural shingles. Learning the pros and cons of this type of material will help you to learn whether architectural or asphalt shingles are best for you. 

Cons of Architectural Shingles

  • Price

One of the biggest downsides to architectural shingles compared to traditional asphalt shingles is their price. Architectural shingles tend to be higher priced than other types. However, they also tend to add more value to your home than traditional asphalt shingles. If you are on a tight budget, asphalt shingles may be better.

  • Installation

The other disadvantage to architectural shingles is that they may take longer to install that asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles often are sold in a three tab variety. There are three shingles attached together, minimizing the amount of time it takes to install the roof. Architectural shingles are only sold individually, meaning each and every shingle needs to be installed. This can take more time.

Pros of Architectural Shingles

  • Durability

One of the advantages to architectural shingles is that they are thicker and more durable than asphalt shingles. The laminate gives them this extra thickness. Being thicker helps to keep them from rolling as they age or blowing off as easily in the wind. This reduces how frequently you will need repairs made to your roof.

  • Lifespan

The other major advantage to architectural shingles is that they have a longer lifespan than traditional asphalt shingles. Traditional asphalt shingles last about 15 to 18 years, whereas architectural shingles tend to last 24 to 30 years. This means that, when properly cared for, architectural shingles can last almost twice as long as asphalt shingles. This reduces the frequency in which you need costly roof replacement done.

If your existing roof is failing, it may be time for a new roof. A roofing contractor like Economy Roofing can examine your roof and let you know if it is time to replace your roof. If it is, you will have to decide on a roofing material. Asphalt and architectural shingles are both popular options. There are pros and cons to both asphalt and architectural shingles. Taking the time to learn about these pros and cons will help you to make a decision as to which roofing material is best for your new roof.