Architectural shingles are a premium grade of asphalt shingle roofing. The shingles are thicker and have a distinctive, textured appearance. They are sometimes called dimensional or laminate shingles, and were introduced in the 1970s in an effort by manufacturers to create a higher-end product.
Regular roof shingles are called “3-tab” in the trade, for the 3 tab/flaps with quarter-inch grooves between them in each panel. They run in flat, even rows as opposed to the textured and layered look of architectural shingles.
Regular shingles have an average 15 to 20-year life. An architectural shingle roof has a 25 to 30-year life, with some super-
premium grades rated for up to a 40-year lifespan. And architectural shingles come in wider variety of colors, subtly variegated color patterns, have greater resistance to uplift in a windstorm, less susceptible to hail minor damage and have a heavier granule covering.
Typically, an architectural shingle roof will cost about 25-35% more. But you are rewarded for the extra investment with a 50% longer lifespan and a better looking roof.
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