Advantages of Architectural Shingles

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During the last 20 years there have been many advances in asphalt roofing shingle technology. One of the best advances is the architectural shingle. Also referred to as a dimensional shingle because of it's dimensional appearance, these shingles continue to evolve as an enticing and cost-effective solution for homeowners.


Architectural shingles provide a home with a more customized and stunning appearance because of their shape and depth. Although they are asphalt shingles they have the appearance of other roofing materials. Two of the more popular styles are slate and shake shingles. When slate style asphalt shingles are installed they provide the look of simple elegance found in a slate roof with all of the practical advantages of asphalt. Similarly, when shake style shingles are used, the rustic and sophisticated look of wood shakes is combined with asphalt shingle performance.


Performance is actually another important reason to consider using architectural shingles. These shingles are constructed differently than standard 3 tab shingles and can be counted on to deliver greater longevity. Standard 3 tab shingles are made with a single layer of material on top of a glass mat, while architectural shingles are manufactured using multiple layers of material, granules and asphalt. Because they contain multiple layers, architectural shingles are heavier, so they place more weight on the roof.  The multi-layer construction also makes them more durable so they last longer, meaning most architectural shingles carry a longer warranty. They also deliver higher wind resistance, some up to 130 mph.


Finally, there are actually some cost advantages to using architectural shingles. In most cases the price of the shingles per square is actually more expensive than 3 tab shingles by 20-30%. When considered relative to other factors, the additional value that architectural shingles bring to the homeowner may actually result in lower cost of ownership. When you factor in that architectural shingles carry a longer warranty, keep their appearance longer and wear less, this could mean they pay for themselves in less re-roofing over time.

Sherriff-Goslin Company recommends architectural shingles to many of their Indiana, Ohio and Michigan roof installation customers because they are a cost-effective performance solution which greatly enhances the beauty of the home. Art-Loc® Shingles, Sherriff-Goslin's own brand, is a popular choice among homeowners. The interlocking style is unique, durable and efficient. In addition to Art-Loc® Sherriff-Goslin also recommends the new Pristine Architectural Shingle line from Atlas Roofing™. Pristine Shingles featuring Scotchgard Protector not only deliver all the advantages of durability and great appearance found in an architectural shingle, but come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty against algae stains and streaks. Learn more at

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This article was published on 2011/09/24