You have decided that it is time to replace your roof. It just looks old and worn. The last storm has really done a number on it and leaks are everywhere. As you think about what style and material to use for your new roof, you notice that some of your neighbors have roofs that look different. So, you ask a friend (whom you internally labeled as the home improvement guy) for some helpful advice. He tells you, “Architectural shingles!”

Now you want to know if that is the right one for you. Read below to find out.

Traditional vs. Modern

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing in the U.S. They are budget-friendly and easy to install. Asphalt shingles have two types: the traditional three-tab shingles and the more modern architectural or dimensional shingles.

A single layer of a three-tab shingle has cut-outs at the bottom split into three to give your roof the familiar brick-pattern when installed. Architectural shingles got rid of the cut-outs. One shingle is actually two layers of asphalt laminated together, with the top-layer containing notches at the lower part.

Three-Dimensional Design

The raised areas featured in architectural shingles give them a three-dimensional, contoured look. Because you don’t have to follow a strict pattern when installing them, you can give your roof a unique style.

These shingles can come in different colors and textures. You can even mimic the look of a slate roof without the weight issues or the look of cedar shingles without the hassle of periodic maintenance.

The aesthetic advantage of the three-dimensional design can set your house apart from the others. A stunning roof gives your house curb appeal and extra value.

Two Layers Are Better Than One

The laminated construction of dimensional shingles has several advantages. They are thicker and are thus more durable than three-tab shingles. Your roof is less vulnerable to curling and will have a longer lifespan.

The double layer in one solid sheet of an architectural shingle gives it considerable weight. This means that it can withstand higher wind speeds without flying off. Another disadvantage of three-tab shingles is that the cut-outs and edges are avenues for the wind to get under.

The extra thickness also means that your roof is less vulnerable to leaks and damage from the elements.

It’s the Right Time to Choose Architectural Shingles

It’s not surprising that dimensional shingles are increasing in popularity while the traditional three-tab shingles are in a decline. The installation will cost about 20% more than three-tab, but considering the advantages (superior protection, durability, lifespan, and aesthetic quality), this will be more than worth it.

The cost increase is offset by the better lifespan and increase in the resale price on the house. Some manufacturers offer warranties of up to 40 to 50 years compared to 25 years for three-tab.

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