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Hebron Roofing: Article About Architectural Shingles Vs. Standard Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt shingles continue to be the most widely used roofing material in North America because they're effective and economical. Many Hebron roofing professionals recommend installing architectural shingles. Architectural asphalt shingles are called such because they're heavier, thicker and have a pronounced three dimensional shape to them. Standard asphalt shingles, such as three tab shingles, are flat and thin. The increased weight and size comes from added material and a more involved manufacturing process, so architectural shingles are more expensive.

Many homeowners are surprised to discover that their insurance companies actually prefer architectural shingles. Some will allow for the added cost outright, and others will request the homeowner pay the difference in whole or at a discount. There are many reasons to choose dimensional shingles whether an insurance company foots the bill. Many homeowners opt for them due to the wide range of available style options and colors. A home with architectural shingles can cater to a homeowner's unique taste and be a stand out in the neighborhood.

Other factors to consider when choosing roofing includes its weight, wind resistance and maintenance costs. The weight of architectural shingles is not as substantial as it is with slate, for instance. Material weight is a consideration on older homes, which may not be constructed to hold it.

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It also may eliminate the option of laying the new shingle layer over the old. Architectural shingles have a higher wind zone rating than comparable standard asphalt shingles, which means that they're less likely to be broken or dislodged during strong winds. In fact, architectural shingles generally require less maintenance overall, and that reduces total cost of ownership.

Another aspect that affects a roof's total cost of ownership is longevity. Most standard asphalt shingles are expected to last 10 to 15 years, and 25 years is an ambitious lifespan. Architectural shingles are expected to last 25 years, and with proper maintenance, can last 50 years, which is comparable to wood shingles and shakes. This longer expected lifespan is why architectural shingles often come with better warranties.

Basic warranties for three tab asphalt shingles only cover manufacturer defects and usually extend 15 to 25 years. Basic warranties for architectural shingles usually extend 40 to 50 years. While this coverage is only for manufacturer defects as well, architectural shingles are more likely to include extended warranties or have them available for purchase. Extended warranties can cover all materials and installation and even provide full roof replacement in the event of a defect.

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