Architectural shingles are classified as asphalt shingles. The process to put these shingles on a roof starts with a fiberglass woven mat. After the woven mat is on, it is then covered with asphalt and a layer of granules, which provide color and more protection.
When deciding what you want to put on your roof, ask yourself how long you want your roof to last. For example, if you are looking for a short to medium term roof, shingles would be perfect for you. However, if you want to ensure that your roof will last for 20-30 years, upgrading your roof materials may be the better option for you.
To help you decide if architectural shingles are right for your home, we have listed the pros and cons of architectural shingles.
- Architectural shingles are the most affordable short to medium term option. They are also very easy to install!
- They have good fire protection and wind resistance.
- There is a huge range of attractive styles available.
- Architectural shingles are not as eco friendly as other choices.
- They are more expensive over the lifetime of a house compared to other, more durable material choices.
- The cheaper varieties can last as little as 10 years in climates with heat.
As with any building product, there are no miracles here. The more attractive and more durable products tend to cost more compared to the less expensive choices. However, if you are looking for a short to medium term roof, it is hard to beat the value of the choices that are available in the good to better range of products!
Written by: Brandon Hamberg