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Made of fiberglass or organic materials, just like traditional asphalt shingles, architectural roofing shingles provide a look that is more like other natural roofing products. They are designed to look like wood, slate and clay, but with a much lower price tag than these natural materials. A Davis roofing professional will be able to discuss the costs involved with materials and installation of architectural shingles.

Architectural shingles are made of additional layers, providing added thickness and some added weight verses traditional asphalt shingles. Just as normal asphalt shingles, the foundation layers are made of the same materials, either fiberglass or paper. Additional layers are laminated, hence the term laminated shingles is often used to describe architectural shingle products. The top layer is what gives the shingle its aesthetic appearance and appeal, with small granules utilized for performance.

The architectural shingle is available in many colors and multiple designs so they can look more like wood shakes or even a slate. There are many advantages including cool roofing possibilities, added durability and longevity as well as improved insulation. Zinc can even be used as a treatment to prevent mold and other growth on the shingles.

Often, because of the method of installation, architectural shingles are also referred to as dimensional shingles.

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They are lighter than natural products and as a result, additional framing or supports are not necessary. As mentioned, the durability is greater than traditional asphalt shingles, sustaining high wind and storms with greater success and less degradation of materials. These materials will last significantly longer than asphalt shingles; as long as 50 years, depending upon many different factors including brand, type and location.

With popularity comes the availability of more options. Each brand and style offers something different and a great assortment of options. Making certain that the product has certification of approval from the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) is very important. This should be indicated somewhere on the packaging. Speaking with others that have used these products as well can be very helpful in deciding what roofing materials to use. Speak with expert roofers that understand and work in the particular climate as well.

With a beautiful and tastefully elegant appearance, architectural shingles are both cost-effective and easily installed. It is also considerably easier to maintain than many other types of natural roofing materials, making them highly desirable. Speaking with a professional about the options available is a necessary first step in the process.

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