With the modern market that we have right now, there is a wide variety of roofing materials that we choose from. One of the most popular materials that are quite common and highly sought after are architectural and asphalt shingles. Both of these shingles have their own unique characteristics. In this article, we’ll be weighing in the advantages and disadvantages of each of these roofing materials and which one we should use.

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As homeowners, we always want to make sure that our roofs are in pristine and working conditions. Having the right roofing materials for our roof can help extend the lifespan of your roof. Shingles have been a primary material for roofs for centuries and have always been evolving as a roofing material for centuries. With the advent of state-of-the-art technology, there are new shingles that are made almost every decade that will rival traditional roofing materials. Asphalt shingles and architectural shingles are just some of those materials. 

 But before we do get into which of the two shingles are more durable and long-lasting, we have to first look at what are architectural shingles and why are they becoming more popular? 

What Are Architectural Shingles?

Before the 1980s, one of the common materials used for roofs was asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles were popularly known for being easy to produce and easy to replace. Since this roofing material was quite abundant and could be seen in almost every local builder’s depot, it was one of the cheapest materials that are available in the market and would set the foundations on what is considered as ‘regular’ roofing. 

However, one of the drawbacks of using asphalt shingles was that is was also susceptible to damages from high winds, hailstorms, and sometimes horizontally propelled water and snow. Moreover, this material would only have a lifespan of around 15 – 20 years which required constant repairs and maintenance. 

By the 1980s, a new set of roofing materials was introduced to the roofing market in the form of architectural shingles. These types of shingles were known for being a significant improvement from asphalt shingles by being more durable, more long-lasting, and resistant to several different weather conditions. As the name suggests, architectural shingles are known for blending in and harmonizing well with the architectural style of any homes. Moreover, the three-dimensional appeal of these shingles will make it stand out from other roofs that have flat shingles. 

There are different kinds of architectural shingles and one of the most common are laminated shingles.  Usually, these shingles are composed of three layers that are laminated together which can make it seem like there are three different shingles that are laminated together. There are varying degrees of thickness and durability for these shingles. If you’re living in areas that are situated in the path of hailstorms, then you should get laminated shingles that have Class 4 impact resistance. Having a higher impact resistance means that it can easily deflect off damage from high impact hails.  

Differences Between Architectural Shingles And Regular Shingles

When it comes to roofing materials, we’ll be using asphalt shingles as your conventional ‘regular’ roofing material since it’s one of the most common roofing materials that’s used by at least two-thirds of homes in the United States. Moreover, it has almost the same design and characteristics as architectural shingles. There are also some significant differences between architectural shingles and your regular asphalt shingles.

One of the most obvious differences to architectural roofing and regular roofing is the expected lifespan of your roof. Asphalt shingles will usually last you 15 – 20 years depending on the quality of the product. Architectural shingles have an average lifespan of 20 – 35 years. Naturally, the higher the quality of the shingles, the longer it will last. 

In almost every regard, architectural shingles are a significant improvement over asphalt shingles since it has more durability and longevity. It is also resistant to strong winds and high-energy impacts for hailstorms that could easily break asphalt shingles. The only known downsides to using architectural shingles are that it is generally more expensive than asphalt shingles. On average, each square (10×10 square feet) of architectural shingles will amount to $550 and each square of asphalt shingles will amount to at least $150. 

It might be true that you’ll be able to save money in the short term by getting asphalt shingles, but choosing architectural shingles will also save you thousands of dollars in the long-term since you won’t want to be attended to damages that asphalt shingles would have incurred.

If you’re still confused about what type of shingles or roofing that you should be choosing, no worries, you can always ask the professional opinion of a licensed roofing specialist. 


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