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Architectural Shingles Guide
Architectural roofing is a popular choice for roof replacements due to its durability and elegance. If you are looking to replace your roof, it can be difficult to know which product is right for you and how to maximize your budget. This comprehensive guide to architectural roofing will provide you with valuable information to assist your decision making process:
About Architectural Shingles
These shingles are a style of asphalt shingles designed to have depth and a highly dimensional appearance. This visual affect is due to their thickness, color, and the slightly varied shape and size of individual tabs. They look different from flat, 3-tab shingle which are designed with less visual variations, and are installed as entire strips, versus individual architectural shingles. This variety of roofing shingles started being produced in the 1980s with the breakthrough in industrial production of fiberglass building materials. They are still extremely popular for roof replacements because of their structural integrity and aesthetic appeal.
Architectural shingles are composed of a fiberglass base coated with asphalt and then built up with more laminated asphalt layers on top. The appearance is that of multiple traditional shingles stacked and industrially glued together. This type of production increases the definition and strength of the shingles, as well as giving each shingle a distinct shape. When many of these shingles are installed together on a roof, the varied shapes create a beautiful textured look.
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