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What are the Advantages of Architectural Shingles?

A new roof is one of the most important investments you can make when it comes to your home. But it can be difficult to know where to begin when choosing the right roofing materials.

At Just Roofing in Hampton, we believe in empowering homeowners to make the best decisions for their homes. In this post, we’ll break down the difference between architectural shingles and traditional three-tab shingles and talk about the advantages of an architectural roof. Check out this guide and then give us a call to discuss options for your new Virginia roof.

Key Differences Between Architectural and Traditional Shingles

When we talk about traditional shingles, we’re talking about the standard three-tab shingles seen on most roofs. Flat and simple, traditional shingles are easy to install and affordable. Until recent decades, most homeowners had only traditional shingles to choose from when installing asphalt shingles on their homes.

However, in the past few decades, innovations in roof technology brought a new type of shingle onto the scene: the architectural or dimensional shingle. Unlike traditional roofing shingles, architectural shingles are made from a higher quality material that allows them to be manufactured in more dimensional shapes. Architectural shingles are a premium alternative to traditional shingles and are typically higher-performing.

These are some of the key advantages of architectural shingles over traditional ones:

●        They raise your home’s property value.

●        They may help a home sell faster.

●        They offer extra protection against weather and the elements.

●        They’re wind-resistant up to high wind speeds.

Versatile and Easy to Install

Architectural shingles are a welcome solution for roofs with unique shapes and crevices. Traditional roofing materials can be difficult to install on many roof designs. Because they don’t require extra support like three-tab shingles, architectural shingles can be cut and arranged in corners and on high slopes.

Their unique design means they can be manufactured in a wide range of styles, hence the term “architectural.” Depending on the style, there is often a much wider color selection among architectural shingles than with traditional designs.

These are some of the more common architectural shingle designs:

●        The look of wood or cedar shakes

●        European or Victorian cottage designs

●        Dimensional slate

Architectural Shingles from Just Roofing

One thing we try to do differently at Just Roofing is to offer the best options available and help our clients make informed decisions. After all, everyone loves options. We offer architectural shingles from Owens Corning, GAF, and CertainTeed. Each of these manufacturers stands out in the industry as offering beautiful, high-performance dimensional shingles.

Here’s a breakdown of the options available from our architectural shingle partners:

1.    Owens Corning

Owens Corning Woodcrest shingles mimic the look of real wood shake without the high maintenance of traditional wood and in a wider selection of color designs. TruDefinition® shingles use a highly dimensional design with bold color and SureNail® technology for triple-layer protection.

Berkshire shingles capture a more dimensional take on natural slate, while Oakridge shingles use blended color and dimensional laminate for the ultimate curb appeal.

2.    CertainTeed Architectural Shingles

CertainTeed uses a proprietary system known as the Integrity Roof System that incorporates waterproofing underlayment to protect against ice dams, rain, and leaks. Hip and ridge caps give CertainTeed roofs a finished appearance.

CertainTeed architectural shingles are manufactured using two-piece laminate. And integrate innovative technology like NailTrak and Quadra-Bond® adhesive This creates a more durable shingle that’s resistant to delamination.

CertainTeed manufactures several series of architectural shingles including Landmark, Belmont, Grand Manor, and Presidential Shake. Carriage House luxury shingles are designed with a scalloped look with cutaway corners that look beautiful on traditional Victorian and cottage-style homes. Presidential Shake shingles mimic hand-split cedar roofing, while Grand Manor and Landmark shingles offer depth and dimension to fit many architectural styles.

3.    GAF

GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in the world and the leading roofing manufacturer in the United States. GAF also offers a wide range of architectural shingle options.

Camelot II designer luxury shingles and Grand Sequoia shingles are high-end shingles with artisan appeal. Glenwood shingles offer the look of hand-split wood shake with added dimension, while Grand Canyon shingles create a more rugged wood-shake look. For old-world, hand-cut European style, GAF offers Woodland shingles. Or embrace bold lines and texture with Slateline shingles.

Architectural Shingles for your Virginia Home

If you’re thinking of replacing your roof, architectural shingles are a beautiful investment that will stand up to the test of time. Our Southeastern Virginia residential roofing contractors at Just Roofing can help you choose the right design for your home’s architectural style.

To keep our customers safe in this difficult time, we’re taking extra steps to protect our community and team. To speak to a member of our team, give us a call at 757-310-3873 or contact us online to discuss dimensional shingle options for your home.

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