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The majority of homes have asphalt shingle roofs do to their relative inexpensive costs when compared with other types of roofing materials. However, what many homeowners do not know is that there are multiple types of asphalt shingles to choose from. While the most common types of asphalt shingles are three tab shingles, which have three cutouts that look like separate pieces, architectural shingles may also be an option for some homeowners depending on the type of roof that they have.

Both three tab shingles and architectural shingles and can be made from fiberglass or from organic materials. What makes architectural shingles different from three tab shingles different is that they are much thicker and are designed to resemble other types of roofing material. For example, some architectural shingles may look like cedar shakes, slate tiles or clay tiles. Depending on the homeowners' preferences, a Charleston roofing contractor may help find the right type of architectural shingle for the home.

Architectural shingles have some distinct advantages over three tab shingles. In climates that experience hotter weather, for example, these shingles will offer some cool roof benefits by reflecting light and adding a layer of insulation between the attic space and the outside environment. Additionally, the coatings that many manufacturers add to the shingles can resist algae and mold growth.

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Because they are thicker, the lifespan of these shingles also tend to be longer. Depending on the brand or manufacturer, some architectural shingles can have warranties for up to 50 years. This is a huge selling point for many homeowners as a long lifespan generally means that the roof will not need to be replaced as often as it would need to be with regular shingles.

One major downside for these types of shingles is that they can be much more expensive than the normal three tab shingles. Many homeowners are simply looking for something that will provide their home with protection and ultimately opt for the three tab shingle options.

When choosing new shingles for a roof, it ultimately depends on what the homeowner is looking for. If they are looking for shingles that will do the job but will still match the exterior of the home, three tab shingles may be the perfect option. If they are looking for something that will last a little longer or that gives the appearance of other types of roof materials, architectural shingles may be what they are looking for. A contractor can also simplify the decision making process for homeowners.

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