Architectural Shingles Can Be A Good Roofing Choice

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials out there. When properly cared for they can last up to 30 years. However, many people aren't happy with the way that plain asphalt shingles look. You may want to have your roof look more interesting. You may want to have more texture in your roof, so that it can be part of the overall visual look of your house, not just something that seems like an afterthought. Architectural shingles are one way to get some variety in your roof. 

What Are Architectural Shingles?

Architectural shingles are actually a kind of asphalt shingles. But they differ from regular asphalt shingles in that they are thicker. They can also be made with a 3D element. That means that they will give extra texture to the roof. These shingles can also be made to look like other roofing material, such as cedar shakes or slate. 

Why Use Architectural Shingles?

One big reason that people choose to use these shingles is because they don't want just a plain roof. Using these shingles, you can create a roof that will continue the visual effect that you create with your house. 

Another reason that people choose to use it is less expensive. They are slightly more expensive than traditional asphalt singles are. They are definitely less expensive than using something like slate roofing would be. The architectural shingles are also lighter than any slate roof would be. They are also lighter than a cedar roof would be. Most houses aren't built to bear the extra load that a slate roof would add. But, putting architectural shingles on gives the same look, with much less weight. 

How Long Will They Last?

Architectural shingles will last about as long as regular asphalt singles will. Since the architectural shingles are on the high end on quality, they may even last longer than typical shingles would. The average is about 30 years, however shingles that last for up to 50 years are available. 

How Are They Installed?

In general, architectural shingles are applied like regular asphalt shingles are. However, it's important that your roofer makes sure that there is a tight seal with the flashing so that no water can get underneath. 

You have choices when it comes to your roof. You don't have to have a roof that just sits on your house like an afterthought. It can be part of the visual look of your house and make it look more interesting. 

For more information, contact Acoma Roofing or a similar company.