As promised, this week we will discuss architectural shingles (which can also be called laminate or dimensional shingles). Architectural shingles come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
This is a roof covered in a basic IKO Cambridge architectural shingle. Cambridge shingles are our default shingle because they don’t cost much more than three tab and they offer a level of protection that is appropriate for the climate here in the Puget Sound. Other roofing manufacturers offer basic architectural shingles like these Cambridge shingles.
Architectural shingles can also come in a designer look. This type of architectural shingle allows homeowners to customize the look of their home, mimic the look of shake roofing, or to match the architectural style of their home. These type of shingles cost more than basic architectural shingles but really make a dramatic visual impact.
Architectural Advantages: Architectural shingles are thicker than three tab shingles, have a longer life, a higher wind speed rating and provide more visual interest.
Architectural Disadvantages: The main disadvantage of architectural shingles is that they cost more than three tab. Although architectural shingles do cost more they may be better suited to your climate, help your home stand out and have longer life span than three tab shingles. Another disadvantage is that because they do not lay flat against a roof they provide more nooks and crannies for moss and algae to grow.
AR: Speaking of moss, you may also see the word AR when choosing a three tab or architectural shingle. AR stands for algae resistant. If you’ve ever seen dark streaks on a roof that’s algae.
The Bottom Line: Which shingle should you choose? A licensed roofer will let you know what type of shingles are appropriate for the climate you live in and for your project. Some other things to take into consideration are your budget, curb appeal, resell value and the style of your home. It may be helpful to drive around your neighborhood to get ideas and see what type of shingle your neighbors are using.
After you have decided what type of shingle to use it’s time to choose a color. Next week we will give you some tips and tools for choosing the perfect color for your home.