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The Many Styles of Asphalt and Specialty Shingles

You are replacing your roof, but with what?

Oh, the Choices!

So it’s time to replace your roof. Maybe you were hit with one of Colorado’s notorious wind or hailstorms. Or, your property has an aging roof. You may be just looking for a refresh on your home’s curb appeal. Your roof occupies a substantial portion of that first impression! Because of this, a new roof can completely change the look of your home from the exterior!

Keeping this in mind, when the time comes for a roof replacement, rather than just putting back on the same shingle removed, why not look at all the many shingle options? 

Modern shingles come in a variety of styles and colors. These range from the most cost-friendly but dated choice of standard three-tab asphalt shingles to luxury and designer shingles. These shingles come at a significant price increase but have some benefits over traditional asphalt shingles. These benefits include thicker shingles with superior durability (less prone to damage), increased curb appeal, improved energy efficiency, and longevity. 

If you are in the market for a replacement roof, a skilled and local roofing contractor can tell you about each option’s advantages and disadvantages. This will, in turn, equip you with the knowledge to make an educated choice on the roofing system for your property. 

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Three Tab Asphalt Shingles, The Black Sheep of Shingles

If shingles could talk, we are pretty sure the three-tab shingle’s favorite word would be Baa-Baa. Let’s not get crazy; the three-tab shingle was the affordable, available, easy option in residential roofs for years. It is the easiest shingle to install and serves the primary purpose that shingles are supposed to serve. While in reality, the three-tab shingles are not necessarily inferior to other styles of singles, they do have some limitations compared to other styles.

  1. First, three-tab shingles have less dimensionality than other styles of shingles. Because of this, they can have a flat, uniform appearance, making them look less attractive. Additionally, this flat appearance can be less visually appealing than other shingles. 
  2.  Second, they have a shorter lifespan. Three-tab shingles are typically thinner and less durable than other styles of shingles. Taking this into consideration means they may not last as long or provide as much protection against severe weather as other styles. 
  3.  Third, are the limited color options. Three-tab shingles still come in a variety of color choices. Unfortunately, they have few options compared to other styles of shingles. This may limit your design choices. 
  4.  Finally, and most importantly, three-tab shingles have lower wind resistance. They are more likely to sustain damage in severe weather events because they may not be as resistant to high winds. This is particularly important in places like the Colorado foothills or southern Wyoming, where the wind is known to be particularly strong on occasion. 

Additionally, at this time, the costs associated with a three-tab shingle vs. a standard architectural shingle are similar. A professional roofing contractor can help you understand all the factors to consider when choosing a roofing system. 

Architectural Shingles

Which is a better fit for you?

A local qualified roofing contactor can help you understand the factors applicable to your area and climate.

Remember that one kid back in high school? You know, the super popular one? The one everyone loved and with good reason, as they were amazing? That is the architectural shingle in the shingle world.

Architectural shingles, also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, are a type of asphalt shingle that is designed to provide a more visually appealing and durable option for property owners. Some of their key features include: 

Styles of Architectual Shingles

There are many different styles of architectural shingles to choose from, each with its own unique features and benefits. Property owners should consult with a local roofing expert to determine the style that best suits their aesthetic preferences and budget. Additionally, factors like durability and weather resistance should be considered. 

Standard Architectural Shingles

These shingles have a dimensional appearance and are designed to mimic the look of natural slate or cedar shakes. The come in a wide range of colors and textures to complement the design of your home. 

High-Definition Architectural Shingles

These shingles have a more pronounced dimensional appearance and deeper shadow lines. They are made by reputable shingle manufacturers such as GAF and can provide a more dramatic and eye-catching look! 

Luxury Architectural Shingles

Luxury Shingles are the most high-end shingles. They incorporate multiple layers, unique shapes, and intricate color patterns, creating a truly distinctive look for your property.

Impact-Resistant Architectural Shingles

Impact-resistant shingles look much like standard architectural shingles. The difference is in their design. They are designed to withstand damage from hail and other severe weather conditions. 

Your New Roof

As you can see, choosing a new roof isn’t as easy as it seems. Your local roofing company can assist you in reviewing your options and their pros and cons. Additionally, local roofing supply companies can provide samples of the actual product. If you are working with a roofing company, they can get these for you. You can also get the samples directly from the roofing-supply if you haven’t settled on a roofing contractor yet. 

Regardless, when the time comes to replace your roof, take a moment and review the multitude of different asphalt shingle styles and colors. When you are the envy of the neighborhood, you can thank us! 

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