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Chesterfield Roofing: Article About The Benefits Of Architectural Shingles

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The architectural shingles installed by Chesterfield roofing companies go by a number of different names: laminated shingles, dimensional shingles and composite shingles. Regardless of the term used, these shingles all share the same construction. Multiple layers of asphalt are combined to create a more pronounced, three-dimensional look but also to add heft and impact resistance as defined by UL 2218.

Aesthetics are a big reason why laminated shingles have become so popular so fast. These shingles are available in a wide range of colors, but the thickness of these shingles also adds textures and shadows to a roof that enhances its appearance. Homeowners can even purchase dimensional shingles that are designed to look like other roof material types such as wood and slate. These shingles also improve curb appeal, which helps homes sell faster and at a higher price.

These shingles provide a much greater level of protection as well. They can withstand hail very well and are rated by how well they can withstand steel balls in a similar scenario. With great impact resistance comes greater wind resistance, which means you're less likely to have to replace missing, torn and askew shingles.

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Architectural shingles also have more surface area for adding materials that provide algae resistance, reflectivity and so forth.

All of these different types of enhanced durability add up to an asphalt shingle that lasts longer. The average three-tab asphalt shingle is expected to last 15 years, but the average architectural shingle is expected to last 25 and can actually last much longer than that. That added life is a big reason why total cost of ownership of architectural and standard shingles can be similar or even in favor of the thicker shingle.

Architectural shingles come with the promise of longer life in the form of warranties. The basic warranties provided with these shingles reflect the life expectancy, and there are many more options available when it comes to extended warranties, rebates, bulk discounts and so on.

Homeowners should be mindful that insurance companies are generally in favor of architectural shingles. This is a reflection of how well these shingles perform in actual usage. Homes with dimensional shingles are less likely to have claims made on them, which means savings for the insurance companies over the long term. This information is useful because if your roof is damaged enough that it requires extensive repairs, many insurance companies will pay the difference for an upgrade to architectural.

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