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The Difference Between Standard and Architectural Shingles

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Homeowners have a lot to consider when it comes time to install a new roof. One of the main considerations is what type of shingles you want to have installed. While plenty of homeowners choose standard asphalt shingles, many don’t know that architectural shingles are an option. Both types of shingles will provide your home with safety from the elements, but architectural shingles have some unique advantages that could be perfect for your home’s needs.

How do you know which type of roof shingle is right for your home? Let the experts at Sherriff Goslin Roofing give you an overview of architectural shingles, and how they could make a significant difference in your home’s value, appearance, and performance.

Standard Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles: Understanding the Difference

It’s easy to feel confused at first when comparing architectural shingles with standard asphalt shingles, as architectural shingles are still made from asphalt. However, there are some clear differences between the two. 

Architectural shingles tend to be much more durable and thicker. The bottom of an architectural shingle will be laminated with an extra asphalt layer, which helps to give them their appearance and durability. 

Plus, unlike standard asphalt shingles, there are no tabs or cuts at the top of every shingle. This lack of cuts allows for a uniquely engineered contour and pleasing finish, giving your roof the appearance of wood or slate—without the expense or maintenance woes associated with these materials.  

Advantages of Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are precisely engineered, high-quality shingles that can provide a number of benefits for homeowners.

Boost the Appearance of Your Property

There is no denying that architectural shingles can boost the appearance of your property. This is because they are created to bring greater texture and dimension to your roof. In fact, architectural shingles tend to weigh around 100 pounds more than conventional shingles do per square meter. The reason for this is because of the extra layers of material added to the shingles, which gives you more possibilities in terms of appearance and creates a sleek and stylish roof. 

Extend the Life of Your Roof

Not only can architectural shingles improve the appearance of your property, but they also deliver better durability and longevity. A traditional roof with asphalt shingles will last between 15 and 20 years. However, architectural shingles will typically last between 25 and 30 years, with some trusted brands such as Atlas® even lasting as long as four decades. 

As you may expect, architectural shingles do typically cost more money as a consequence of this added lifespan. However, a lot of homeowners will agree that it is worth it because they won’t need to get the shingles replaced in the future. And with Sherriff Goslin’s 10-year Free Service guarantee, you can rest assured that your investment will pay dividends.

Enjoy Improved Performance with Architectural Shingles

Because of the extra thickness and the heavier layers associated with architectural shingles, they last longer and are more durable. They are much less likely to break over time, and you should not have to worry about cracking or curling. 

Because architectural shingles are still made from asphalt, they can still be impacted by extreme weather damage or failure to keep up with preventative maintenance. However, they’ll be much more resilient to wind uplift, blow-off, and water penetration than other shingles. 

Explore Roof Products and Residential Roofing Solutions with Sherriff Goslin

At Sherriff Goslin, we install and maintain a range of trusted Atlas brand shingle systems, including Pinnacle® Pristine High Performance Architectural Shingles. Resistant against algae and undesirable patterns caused by traditional shingle cuts, Pinnacle Pristine architectural shingles boost curb appeal and roof performance. 

Of course, when you choose Sherriff Goslin, you have a wide range of roof products to choose from, all backed by the highest quality materials and the Midwest’s best customer service. Call us today or visit our Home and Roof Design Studio to start your journey to a beautiful, well-protected home! 

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