by Marie King
More and more roofers are utilizing architectural shingles when they install a new roof.The features of architectural shingles that attract roofing contractors are the following: aesthetic appearance, composition, endurance, climate and selection.
In the past, asphalt shingles were the most popular because of their price. However, asphalt shingles lacked curb appeal. On the other hand, architectural shingles, a form of asphalt shingles, are very appealing to the eye. What contributes to architectural shingles’ aesthetic appearance are a number of factors. Architectural shingles have the capacity to mimic other styles of roofing-namely slate and wood shake shingles. They also come in a variety of colors and have a 3- dimensional appearance.
Architectural shingles are constructed of very high quality materials. The base of architectural shingles is a heavy fiberglass mat. The top of architectural shingles are ceramic coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in refined, water-resistant asphalt. The back is coated with a special material.
The composition of these type of shingles are the favorite of contractors for two good reasons. Architectural shingles are easy to install. These shingles are lightweight, so they don’t require extra supports in order to install them correctly.
Architectural shingles generally last between 30-50 years. Some architectural shingles have been warranted for a lifetime. The secret of the longevity is in the materials that they’re composed of.Both asphalt and fiberglass are very flexible that quality makes these components of architectural shingles withstand high velocity winds.
According to roofery.com “architectural shingles have been tested, and have been able to endure winds of 120MPH, heavy hail and other impact. The interlocking models hold together extremely well. They are also highly fire resistant especially if they have a heavy granulated top coat. Those with fiberglass or rubberized asphalt are rated the highest for fire and weather.”
When shopping for architectural shingles, you may want to accompany your client. You are able to distinguish how one type of shingle is better than another. You will look for the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) logo, which means that the product has been certified by the ASTM 3462.
Aesthetics matter especially when your choosing architectural shingles. Architectural shingles come in a myriad of colors and styles. You can guide your client to the best style of shingle that will flatter your client’s house. You can also help your client determine which color roof will be the best accent for the style of the house.
When choosing shingles, you need to factor in the climate. If your clients live in a warm climate, you need to let them know that you can create cool roofing with the right kind of architectural shingles. Architectural shingles exist that can deflect sunlight and function as a cool roof with added insulation. You may also want them to include copper granules if they live in a place where mold and algae is a problem. If your clients live in a cold climate, you need to point out the architectural shingle’s performance in wind, heavy hail and other impacts.