Although there are many roofing materials available for your home or business, in Winston-Salem roofing is most often asphalt shingles. If you’re talking to a roofer about a roof replacement and are trying to decide on the right shingle for your home, you should consider architectural style shingles over traditional 3-tab shingles. They are a bit more expensive, however, the benefits far outweigh the added cost.
1. Longer Life
The increased expense of architectural shingles over 3-tab is generally regained in their longer life expectancy. A 3-tab shingle may last 15 or 20 years with good maintenance but an architectural shingle may last 25 years. The manufacturer warranty reflects the longer expected life as the warranty for an architectural shingles is longer.
Architectural shingles are thicker and more durable than their 3-tab counterparts. Many include impact resistance to resist hail damage. Some have wind resistant technology and can stand up to winds in excess of 100mph. Although no shingle is fireproof, many are rated Class C fire resistant which can stand up to errant sparks better than a non-rated shingle.
3. Curb Appeal
If you want to improve the curb appeal of your home, start with your roof. Older shingles often have staining and streaking and many architectural shingles have stain fighting technology to prevent the streaking from ever occurring.
A new architectural shingle roof will make a big impact. Their dimensional appearance can mimic slate, wood shake, and other style roofing. The layered look can change how your home appears. Not only are there many style options but also more colors. Colors and color blends available in architectural shingles range from bold reds and greens to colors resembling an autumn sunset. Some shingles even qualify as ENERGY STAR® for increased energy savings.
No roof will last or look good if it’s not installed by a trained roofer. Cooley Roofing is an Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and GAF certified Winston-Salem roofing company serving the Triad. The architectural shingles available from these leading manufacturers will improve the curb appeal of your home, last for years, and stand up to the local weather. If you’re ready to call a top roofer, call Cooley Roofing at 366-766-6488 for a free roof replacement estimate.