When it comes time to replace your roof or if you are choosing materials for the roof of a new home, you want to be sure that what you choose will last for as long as possible. Not only do you want a roof that will last a long time, but you also want it to be attractive as your roof adds to the curb appeal of your home. Naturally, you also want to save money in the process as well. RGB Construction offers these tips when you are trying to choose between 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles.
Both 3-tab and architectural shingles are asphalt shingles which means they are similar. Both are created using asphalt mixed with adhesives. They also both have granules that make up the outside of the shingle and there is fiberglass on the back. One of the biggest differences between 3-tab and architectural shingles is that they are about 50 percent heavier than 3-tab. This is because the base is thicker, making the shingles sturdier. The adhesives used are also stronger and they have more granules.
When asking the question “how long do architectural shingles last,” it is also important to know that the lifespan of any shingle depends on many variables. Although most architectural shingles should last as much as 30 years, extreme weather in some parts of the country could reduce that lifespan. This may include high wind or excessive heat. However, even in areas that see high winds, architectural shingles are rated for winds of as high as 110 miles per hour and, with special bracing, can actually withstand up to 130 miles per hour. There are 3-tab shingle manufacturers that claim their shingles can last up to 30 years, but the average expectancy is between 10 and 20 years. The expectancy is lowered in areas where the weather is extreme. In those areas, 3-tab shingles may only last about seven years.
Another aspect of architectural shingles, according to RGB Construction, is how the shingles will look in your home. Some builders and roofing experts refer to architectural shingles as dimensional shingles as they provide more dimension to your roof. This is due to the multiple layers that adhere to the base. In fact, you can get architectural shingles that look like wood shakes but without the maintenance wooden shingles require. There are options that look like slate as well but do not require the reinforced walls that a slate roof would need due to the weight of the stone.
Like any type of shingle, architectural versions also have warranties based on their overall value. The average 3-tab shingle has a 25 to 30-year warranty while architectural shingles can have warranties up to 50 years, depending on the quality of the shingle. There are manufacturers that offer lifetime warranties for architectural shingles as well.
Architectural shingles usually cost more than 3-tab shingles, although the price difference may not be significant. The average cost for architectural shingles is between $250 and $400 per square foot while 3-tab shingles average $75 to $150 per square foot. Keep in mind that architectural shingles may increase the value of your home and, because 3-tab shingles may need to be replaced sooner, the additional cost may actually be lower over time. Wood shingles cost between $250 and $600 per square foot but require a significant amount of maintenance. They also fade over time and are susceptible to insect or mold damage. Clay tiles cost between $600 and $800 per square foot while slate can cost between $600 and $1500 per square foot. Both clay and slate are heavier than asphalt tiles which means you may need added wall support. Metal roofing averages between $115 and $900 per square foot depending on the type of metal.
No matter what type of roofing material you choose, there are ways to extend the life expectancy of the roof and architectural shingles are no exception. Although they have a higher wind rating than 3-tab shingles, they can still be damaged in high winds. If you notice missing, cracked or broken shingles, have them replaced as soon as possible. If you are noticing granules in your gutters when you clean them, it may be time for you to replace some of your shingles or even your entire roof. Be sure to keep your gutters clear of debris to prevent ice dams that could damage the underlayment of your roof, leading to leaks and shingle failure. Be sure to have all vents checked for leaks as well to prevent water from seeping under the shingles.
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If you are experiencing problems with your roof or you believe it is time for a roof replacement, contact RGB Construction today. As GAF Master Elite Certified roofers, you can be sure that we will only send the most qualified technicians and use the highest quality materials on your roofing project. Our roofing experts complete every job as if it was for family. Contact RGB Construction today by filling out the easy online form or calling 856-264-9093 to arrange for a no-obligation consultation. We will guide you through the process and help you choose the roof that is perfect for your home.