Are Architectural Shingles Worth Extra Cost?

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Are architectural shingles better?

For homeowners that want a better shingle than the regular products on the market, architectural shingles offer one that can be considered superior in every way compared to the average. While being more expensive than the regular option, asphalt shingles, architectural shingles are definitely worth the price. In Arlington, TX residents are enjoying more architectural shingle installations to their homes and seeing a significant improvement when facing storms as well as saving energy.

Architectural shingles last around 30 years on a residential roof, generally up to that and more when well taken care of. Being recyclable, the architectural shingles are favored for the enhanced durability and longer lifespan they provide homeowners. These qualities are attributed to the naturally thick shingle that is the architectural shingle. More benefits of architectural shingles include:

  • Increased wind resistance
  • Increased impact resistance
  • Increased fire resistance
  • Increased water resistance

As seen, the benefits mentioned are actually from the architectural shingles being made from fiberglass with ceramic coated in minerals. Comparatively to the most popular roofing options, architectural shingles are tough and take on more punishment than the general selection. When you want architectural shingles installed on your home, call 817-277-3131 today to schedule an appointment with the roofers at Frazier Roofing & Guttering Co., Inc..

What is the difference between architectural shingles and asphalt shingles?

Architectural shingles are similar to asphalt shingles in many ways. While neither don’t measure up to roofs made of metal or slate, both are highly favored in their own rights. Asphalt shingles are just as they sound, a mat coated or other material coated in asphalt and cut into separate shingles to be installed onto a home. While being the most popular roofing option in the United States, asphalt shingles do fall short of architectural shingles in several ways. Particularly through a shorter lifespan of 20 years, asphalt shingles deteriorate faster thanks to being thinner and only using asphalt which is an oil-based substance that is relatively limited when constantly in the sun. 

Being that it is an affordable option, asphalt shingles are tough in their own right and cheaper than architectural. However, they are by no means better only winning in terms of price when compared to the architectural shingle. Furthermore, the former does not grant the homeowner with options to detail their roof or have a smoother-looking appearance. Whereas architectural shingles offer a far better look to them thanks to their make up and can be made to appear organic or patterned. While they may weigh more than asphalt, this benefits the roof they are installed upon and the more expensive option appears to be catching up to the asphalt shingle in the market.

Are architectural shingles harder to install?

One specific benefit that may sway homeowners to get architectural shingles over other options like asphalt and wood is the easy installation of the asphalt shingles onto a roof. It’s surmised that with asphalt particularly, much of the price tends to be from the labor it takes to professionally put them on a homeowner’s roof. Architectural shingles, by comparison, are much easier to install and actually save the homeowner money in that regard comparatively. The reason they are expensive to a larger degree is due to their design and makeup. 

Unfortunately, a rule of thumb for roofs that market they will last beyond their lifespan tend to not. A thing to be careful for when considering the so-called “30-year roof” is to check whether the roof is made up of asphalt shingles or architectural shingles. As mentioned, these shingles have a ten year difference in lifespan and the specific product your roof is made out of will decide how long it lasts. Furthermore, many 30-year roofs tend to last half their age, though that statistic also includes weather playing some role in the early demise of the product.

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Is it OK to put new shingles over old?

When you get a brand new roof, the goal tends to be that you want all the benefits a new roof brings. When installing shingles, even architectural shingles, over an old roof the process can negate some of the benefits seen in what would appear in a new roof. Applying a new roof or set of shingles over an old roof, also called reroofing, comes with its own set of problems that are not as often found with a roof replacement or new installation. These issues stem from there generally being underlying issues in the first layer of the roof that would be there underneath the new layer. This can include cracked and loose shingles that allow leaks or moisture to enter. More than that, a reroof that has underlying problems will be a haven for mold and mildew to grow in the structure before spreading into the attic. This is why when you need reliable replacement, installation, and repair services, trust Frazier Roofing & Guttering Co., Inc.. We can get you the best roofing services from our main location in Arlington, TX. Call 817-277-3131 today to schedule your appointment.