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Asphalt shingles made from either organic or fiberglass materials account for approximately two thirds of residential properties. A trend in roofing products is architectural roof shingles. These shingles look more like natural products such as clay, wood or even slate. One major advantage of using architectural shingles is that they are more cost effective than natural materials. A Kent roofing contractor can discuss the many options and costs pertaining to architectural shingles.

Made of multiple layers, architectural shingles are thicker and somewhat heavier than standard asphalt shingles. The base layers are made of asphalt or fiberglass with a few layers of laminated material. For this reason, architectural shingles are often referred to as laminated shingles, or sometimes dimensional shingles. The top layer of architectural shingles is designed with small granules for a better aesthetic effect.

With many stylistic options, including synthetic slate and synthetic wood shakes, architectural shingles are designed to look very much like the natural product. They are available in multiple colors and styles to fit virtually any home. There are many advantages to using an architectural shingle, including a cooler roofing option in the heat.

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They can offer an increased level of insulation and can even be treated with zinc to prevent the growth of mold.

Architectural shingles are lighter than most natural roofing products and will not require extra supports to the framing as natural slate or clay tiles will. These shingles are also designed to withstand severe weather better than traditional asphalt shingles due to the added thickness. Architectural shingles require a higher slope of roof and include a longer warranty than traditional asphalt shingles. Depending upon the brand and type, architectural shingle warranties are often between 30 and 50 years.

There are multiple brands available in architectural shingles. Each one is somewhat different and unique, so the options are vast. Certification with the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) logo is important and should be on packaging or labeling. Getting input and advice from other homeowners and roofing professionals who have utilized architectural shingles is a good idea. Every climate is somewhat different, so speaking with experts local to the particular area of the property is the best plan.

Architectural shingles have a unique and classy appearance. They are very budget friendly and relatively easy to install, keeping labor costs down. This roofing can also handle foot traffic better than other products. Getting the best options from local roofers can result in an excellent overall experience.

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