Whether you are building a new home or commercial building or replacing the roof on an existing structure, your choice of roofing shingle will determine how your home or business is protected and looks for years to come. The two most common roofing shingles are 3 tab (also called traditional or flat) and architectural (also called dimensional, composite, or laminate). 3 tab roof shingles run in flat, even rows and are named for the 3 individual, 12” wide, rectangular tabs, divided by quarter-inch grooves on each panel. Architectural shingles are premium grade, high performance asphalt shingles that offer a very distinct, highly dramatic look. Their varied surface thickness gives them a textural or multi-dimensional “raised” appearance when installed.
Architectural shingles are heavier than standard three-tab shingles since they are made of stronger, thicker asphalt and granules. While traditional shingles are only able to withstand winds up to 70-80 mph, architectural shingles are able to withstand wind speeds up to 130 mph. Architectural shingles also add more insulation and light deflection than standard shingles. Some manufacturers even offer zinc coated shingles to prevent algae and mold growth. As for life spans, 3 tab shingles generally last 15-20 years. Architectural shingles will last 25-30 years, with some super-premium grades rated for up to 50 years. While architectural shingles may cost 25-30% more initially, you will recoup your investment and almost double your roof life, making architectural shingles a far superior value.
New commercial and residential designs often feature dramatic rooflines, turrets, and gables. Architectural shingles’ three-dimensional pattern can complement these looks with style and flare. They come in a variety of colors and textures, provide more dramatic shadow lines, and can mimic the look of natural roofing materials such as cedar or slate, making them the ideal option for boosting curb appeal. When selling a property, a new roof will always be a bonus, but the modern look of architectural shingles will further increase your resale values.
If you are ready to protect your home or business and make it aesthetically pleasing for years to come with high performance, beautiful architectural shingles, contact SuperiorPRO today. Our shingles come from industry leaders who have strong “bumper to bumper” warranties on complete roof systems including Certainteed, Atlas and GAF. With decades of project management and installation experience, we can install or replace your roof with a variety of shingle options. Our professional team is dedicated to providing you with an excellent experience and outcome and all of our roofing services are backed by our SuperiorPRO Promise. When it comes to roofing installation, repairs, and maintenance, Atlanta homeowners and commercial property owners trust SuperiorPRO!