Your property’s roof is a major investment. Not only does your roof play a key role in your home’s exterior appearance, it provides structural stability and protects your interior from the elements. With so much at stake, deciding on the right roofing material can be a challenge. 

To help, we’ve taken a closer look at architectural asphalt shingles – a versatile, modern option that’s been growing in popularity. Discover what architectural asphalt shingles are, the benefits and how their extended life span may make them an economical option for your home.

What are Architectural Asphalt Shingles?

Architectural asphalt shingles differ from other types of asphalt shingles in both their design and construction. An architectural shingle is made of fiberglass, asphalt and mineral granules, usually coated with a ceramic material for additional durability. The base of the shingle is a heavy-duty layer of fiberglass. The asphalt is mounted on top of the fiberglass, then topped with the mineral granules. Due to their robust construction, they often last significantly longer than other types of asphalt roofing material. 

What Benefits do Architectural Shingles Bring?

Versatile Roofing Choice

Architectural shingles are relatively lightweight (in comparison to slate or concrete tiles). This means they work well on a roof that can’t withstand a heavy load. They’re also suitable for the MD and VA climate, being able to withstand our hot, humid summers and cold winters.

Easy to Install (Low Labor Costs)

Cedar shingles or a slate roof look fantastic, but require a large amount of specialist labor to install and then maintain. This inevitably adds hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to the installation price. In contrast, architectural shingles are straightforward and fast to fit. The result is a weatherproof, durable roof that’s ready quickly, without compromising quality.

Long-lasting, Durable Roofing

In most cases, architectural shingles will last around twenty years before signs of wear for replacing. Even then, it’s possible to replace individual shingles without the need for extensive, costly work. Research shows that architectural shingles last significantly longer than conventional 3-tab asphalt shingles.

Wide Selection of Finishes

If an expensive slate roof is beyond your budget, why not invest in architectural shingles with a slate finish? Contemporary production methods enable architectural shingle manufacturers to create similar reproductions of traditional shingle types, including stone or timber-look shingles. Available in a wide selection of colors and styles, architectural asphalt shingles complement almost any property. 

How can I find out more?

With so many benefits, it’s no surprise that a growing number of households in the Maryland and Virginia area are opting for architectural asphalt shingles. We understand that choosing a proper roofing material is a big decision. Our experienced, professional team of Roofers are here for you. We can help you make the right choice for you and your family. Give us a call to find out more!