When architectural shingles first came out in the ’70s, they were a game-changer for roofing contractors and consumers looking for a higher-end product. This product satisfied all of the shortcomings that traditional asphalt shingles and became the favored choice for many Cecil County roofing contractors.
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Wood shake roofing includes unmatched beauty, protection, and lasts a prolonged period, but is challenging to maintain. Slate roofs are particularly durable but costly to manufacture and even more laborious to install. Plus, not every roof can take the weight of real slate. Metal roofing is another strong material that lasts a lengthy amount of time and is comparatively easy to maintain but is also more expensive.
Next, there are asphalt shingles which are discovered on more homes than any other kind of roofing substance. Traditionally, these products came in 3-tab strips that are rather thin and comprised of a single layer of asphalt and matting. This type of shingles is very economical and meets many roofing demands. Most 3-tab shingles have a guarantee of 20-30 years. The main concern for most people regardless of the low cost is their weak wind speed rating of about 60 mph.
On the other hand, architectural shingles have wind speeds of over 100 mph and the GAF Timberline HDZ shingle is the first in the industry to have a no wind speed warranty. Architectural shingles are similar in comparison but much thicker than traditional 3-tab shingles. With increased thickness comes more weight, so again, some homes may need to be reinforced to sustain the weight of an architectural roof. However, most well-built homes should be able to withstand the additional weight.
A local roofer in Cecil County can assess whether your home is a candidate for architectural roof shingles
Architectural shingles cost more money in the beginning, but the advantages will be seen over time as long as the roof is well cared for. Some homeowners neglect their roof after installation and even the best roofing materials need routine maintenance and repair when the weather damaged them. Often referred to as dimensional shingles because of the depth and dimension they add to your roof, architectural shingles are made with stringer adhesives and more surface granules.
These characteristics help these shingles last longer and protect your home better, along with their extended warranties compared to 3-tab shingles. Homeowners can get warranties for their new architectural shingle roofs that are 30-50 years long, and even lifetime coverage on materials and workmanship. You can find more warranty information about the GAF products we install here on our website. Our Cecil County roofing experts will help you choose the best asphalt shingles for your needs and budget. Do not resist contacting us with questions or if you would like to request a free estimate for our services.