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Charleston Roofing: Article About The Benefits Of Architectural Shingles

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Most homes have three-tab asphalt shingles installed, but when the time comes to replace that roof, many Charleston roofing customers choose to upgrade to architectural shingles. For the consumer making that decision, there are a number of key points to consider, and it is important to note that some of the advantages an architectural shingle provides can offset the additional cost over the standard three-tab asphalt shingle.

Asphalt shingles are known for being easy to install, but dimensional shingles are even easier because there is no need to match tabs with slots. This ease can translate into a slight discount on the installation labor, but perhaps more importantly, the lack of tabs and slots makes it much easier for the installer to meet manufacturer installation specifications. Meeting those specifications is important because it determines whether the manufacturer will honor an extended warranty.

The added thickness of dimensional shingles provides greater durability, and that can result in reduced total cost of ownership. For instance, homeowners in areas that experience high winds often have to replace a shingle, or several, annually.

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Many of the top dimensional shingles are able to withstand winds up to 120 mph, which is at least 40 mph more than standard asphalt shingles can withstand. Therefore, dimensional shingles are less likely to tear or rip off the roof entirely, and that savings will add up over the 20- to 30-year lifespan of the roof.

Expected lifespan is also an important factor. A manufacturer that has a 15-year warranty on its standard shingle will often have a 30-year warranty on its architectural shingle, and many of the leading manufacturers offer an extended warranty that covers manufacturing defects for life. This kind of protection is not available with standard shingles and can amount to thousands in savings if something goes wrong.

Finally, dimensional shingles allow for an aesthetic that simply is not possible with standard asphalt shingles. One advantage is color. Because architectural shingles are often marketed for their decorative nature, manufacturers are willing to make shingles in colors beyond basic black and tan. Another factor is size. Dimensional shingles are available in many different sizes, which can distinguish the roof from others in a neighborhood, and sizes can be mixed and matched to create truly unique looks. Architectural shingles are also available in textures that look like cedar or slate shingles, but the cost is well below what an actual wood or slate roof would cost.

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