Pros And Cons Of Architectural Shingles

Architectural asphalt shingles are seen all across the Pacific Northwest. They are popular with builders and homeowner associations because of their broad appeal, variety, and relatively affordable cost. They are great for many roofs, but not all. In examining the pros and cons of architectural shingles you can find out if quality asphalt shingles are right for your structure.

The Benefits of Architectural Shingles

The good news first:

  • Asphalt shingles are comparatively lightweight so they won’t strain the structure of a typical building
  • Incredible variety of colors to complement nearly every exterior
  • An array of shapes and dimensions to enhance your curb appeal
  • More budget-friendly than many roofing systems
  • They are low-maintenance
  • Fairly quick to install, so you save on labor and minimize disruption
  • Repairs can be made to damaged sections
  • Fire resistant
  • Resists insects
  • Good in snow and rain
  • Resilient in modest hail
  • Quality shingles are wind resistant to 130 MPH, or more
  • Material warranties range from 15 years to Limited Lifetime
  • Optional features like upgraded shingles or underlayment may add to your benefits

Problems with Architectural Shingles

The drawbacks to asphalt shingles is a shorter list, but here are a few things to consider:

  • Can’t be installed during extreme weather
  • Lesser grades, like 3-Tab, have a shorter life span
  • Asphalt isn’t the most environmentally friendly material; but production techniques are constantly improving and responsible roofing contractors, like us, recycle asphalt shingles so they can be made into roads and driveways
  • Low-end shingles may only withstand wind to 60 MPH
  • At least a 4/12 roof pitch is required
  • Heavy hail can damage them
  • Excess friction can knock the granules loose
  • In rare cases a defective batch of architectural shingles will make it to market; a reliable manufacturer will stand behind their product during the material warranty

Overall, architectural shingles are a reliable, affordable roofing material with a great assortment of colors and styles. Contact us to determine the best choice for your roofing project.

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