Architectural Shingles Add Stunning Style


What are architectural shingles and what would they add to your Madison WI home? A good and common question from those planning a new home or in need of a new roof. Nearly 80 years ago basic dimensional shingles got a major upgrade with what was then called laminated or dimensional shingles. Traditional asphalt shingles are called “3-tab” shingles because of of their basic layout design. They go on flat and provide a neat, clean and simple appearance. Today they come in dozens of colors.

The right shingles add another dimension to this stylish home.

Compare Architectural Shingles And 3-tab Shingles

The main difference between architectural and 3-tab shingles is shape and form. Traditional shingles are flat. Their modern counterparts come in several sizes, shapes and forms. They look like tile or wooden shakes. Architectural designs provide added dimension to a new roof.

The more common 3-tab shingles remain the No. 1 choice for new roofing projects. They are easier to install and provide a solid, flat surface.

Both types consist of layers of asphalt plus fiberglass with a mat backing and a top layer of granules. The difference comes in the quality and quantity of material. An architectural product includes layers of higher caliber asphalt and more granules on the surface. It is thicker and more resilient. Colors get molded into the shingle so they appear more intense – and resist fading longer.

Because 3-tab shingles are thinner and lighter they aren’t as durable or long-lasting. A thicker shingle is durable and stands up to wind and bad weather better – and longer. For most installations, both are guaranteed for decades so longevity needn’t be a concern.

Among the latest designs are those formed from synthetic slate. It looks real but doesn’t need extra support like real, heavy slate shingles. Another newcomer mimics cedar wood shingles. Unlike the real thing, these shingles are fire retardant.

The difference between basic 3-tab asphalt shingles and simple architectural versions is easy to see.

New Shingle Choices – Pros And Cons

Although created decades ago, architectural versions are considered the new option. They are three-dimensional, available in multiple sizes, styles and colors. There’s a version for most home designs.

Neither architectural or 3-tab shingles are ideal for every installation. They have their advantages and drawbacks.

The advantages of the new architectural designs include:

  • Most have 30+ year guarantees
  • They resist wind and weather
  • Available in many popular shapes, sizes and colors
  • They add dimension and style
  • They add resale value
  • Architectural styling creates curb appeal

The drawbacks include:

  • Initial cost and cost for installation is higher than traditional shingles
  • They’re heavier than 3-tab shingles making them unsuitable for some roofs

The 3-tab shingle is the standard of the industry and is the most common roofing material on the market. Among its advantages are:

  • Less expensive than custom options
  • Lighter so they work in virtually every instance
  • Available in dozens of colors
  • Proven performance
  • Latest designs resist UV rays and algae, moss and mold
  • Most have extended warranties

Among the disadvantages are:

  • Not as thick as architectural styles so don’t wear as long
  • Flat installation so there’s no dimensional aspect’

Shingle Choice Reflects Your Personality

After weighing all the pros and cons architectural roofing materials are rapidly gaining popularity. Because the roof on your home represents a huge percent of its curb appeal, more and it gets more and more attention. A new roof is a perfect canvas on which to make a statement. It’s the perfect place to let your personality and the personality of your Madison home shine.

Obviously, the roof’s first role is to protect your home from the elements but there’s no reason it shouldn’t do that with a flare, right?

After spending hours on the design style of your home – inside and outside – it makes sense to apply the same diligence to selecting a new roof. Architectural products provide an ever-increasing number of options. That’s why they’re rapidly overtaking the standard 3-tab asphalt shingles for new construction and roof replacement.

Tap Professional Installation For Architectural Shingles

When you’re planning a new roof there are a lot of decisions to make: color and style on top of basic shingle design. After you’ve decided on these basics you’re only part way to the final solution. The success of your new roofing project falls squarely on the installation team. Color and material has little to do with the final success of your roofing choice. The best materials fall short if installed by inexperienced crews. When you’re investing in the latest style and high-end materials it doesn’t make sense to skimp on this most vital element, does it?

When you need a new roof, call upon the most experienced roofing professionals in the Madison area. Sims Exteriors & Remodeling has been installing and repairing residential roofs in the Madison area for decades. No company in the area matches our experience. Sims’ crew members are well-trained and experienced. They are skilled craftsmen. When you want the very best all-new roof we’re up to the challenge. Employing all the tools and training to do the job right, we install your new roof quickly and efficiently.

Is your home one of the classics? A stately Victorian, rambling ranch or cozy Craftsman cottage? We have shingles to renew every style. Call 608-825-4500 or email us and we’ll arrange an interview to review your options. Sims is your best resource for high-end architectural shingles for your Madison WI home.

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