Architectural roofing shingles are also called dimensional shingles that were designed to resemble and replace traditional wooden shakes because of fire hazards and price concerns. They are cut in slabs which are laid on top of one another and are among the highest quality roofing products that are available. It has a three dimensional appearance that make these shingles visually appealing.
This roofing shingle has a lifespan of anywhere between 24 to 30 years (on average) with some higher end variations last longer than 40+ years. Having a variety of colors and patterns to choose from is also a plus. To get the added benefits however you need to spend more. Investing just a bit more money into your roof can reward you with a lifespan that is up to 50% longer and looks better compared to regular roof shingles.
At a Glance:
Variety – These architectural shingles come in a wide range of options ranging from color to materials that are designed to resemble or imitate premium roofing materials such as slate or wood. Very aesthetically pleasing and appears three dimensional.
Price – You pay about 25% more for Architectural roofing shingles compared to the regular variant of roofing shingles.
Performance – Nearly twice as thick compared to three tab shingles are more durable and more resistant to curling. You get up to 50% better performance with architectural shingles.
Installation – Easy to install similar to the 3 tab shingles.
Price – It costs around 25% more compared to the basic three tab shingle.
From a value perspective three tab shingles cost less and are (initially) cheaper but, over the lifetime of your roof you will spend more on repairs or roof replacement expenses. Architectural shingles make you spend a bit more upfront (about 20% – 40%) but save on costs over time compared to three tab shingles.