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Architectural Asphalt Shingle Roof System

"Architectural, also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, are among the highest quality roofing product made.  Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt."  Architectural shingles are a premium grade of asphalt shingle roofing.  The shingles are thicker and have a distinctive, textured appearance.  They were introduced in the 1970's in an effort by manufacturers to create a higher-end product.

Asphalt shingles are a roofing staple all over North America by dint of their low upfront cost and easy installation. They are currently the biggest player in the roofing market, outpacing all other roofing materials by a considerable margin. Asphalt shingles are manufactured in two different types: three-tab and architectural.

Three-tab shingles are distinguished by cutouts—tabs—made along their long lower edge. The result, says Joan Crowe, a technical services director for the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA), is that “each shingle looks like three separate pieces when installed, but it’s only one.” Three-tab shingles have been around a long time and are still the most economical and most popular shingle today.

Architectural asphalt shingles contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an additional asphalt layer. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that gives them their name. Asphalt sealant bonds the layers, reinforcing the shingles’ waterproof capability. Though durable, architectural shingles are not recommended for low-sloping roofs, which are more vulnerable to wind-driven rain.

Although the difference between three-tab and architectural shingles seems superficial, roofers consider the latter a more high-end roofing product. The price difference reflects this, with architectural shingles costing 20% to 40% percent more than three-tab shingles—a difference that can mean up to $1500 more for larger roofs.

But are architectural shingles really worth the extra cost? Roof Roof, one of the leading roof expert says yes, they are. Here’s why:

  • Aesthetics. Architectural shingles can be made to resemble premium roofing materials like cedar and slate and are better able to hide imperfections on the roof surface.
  • Durability. Architectural shingles are nearly twice as thick as three-tab shingles and are therefore more durable and less vulnerable to curling.
  • Weight and wind resistance. Three-tab shingles usually weigh 240 lbs per square and are rated for wind speeds up to 60 mph; architectural shingles weigh 340-440 lbs per square and are rated for wind speeds up to 80-120 mph.
  • Manufacturer’s warranties. 25 years for three-tab, 40 to 50 years for architectural.

So is cheaper better? The answer will depend on how you look at things. Three-tab shingles are cheaper upfront, but over the course of your roof’s lifetime, architectural shingles can cost less.

 

 

The Benefits of a Metal Roof

Residential metal roofing is one of the fastest growing segments of home improvement – more than quadrupling its market share over the past decade. The benefits offered by today’s metal roofs allow homeowners to upgrade their homes with products of lasting value.

Beautiful style, fire resistance, energy efficiency, and a proven performance expectation of 50+ years.

Residential metal roofing is one of the fastest growing segments of home improvement – more than quadrupling its market share over the past decade. The benefits offered by today’s metal roofs allow homeowners to upgrade their homes with products of lasting value. While other roofs quickly diminish in value as they age, metal roofs provide the following lasting benefits:

  • Proven performance expectation of 50+ years
  • Beautiful styles to match any home or neighborhood
  • Interlocking panels for maximum wind resistance
  • Fire resistance
  • Energy efficiency by keeping homes cooler
  • Low weight to help preserve structural integrity and life

The Classic Advantage

While the benefits of metal roofing are well-known, our company takes things even further with The Classic Advantage. Classic Advantage benefits will not be found with many competing products and will rarely, if ever, be found in one family of systems the way they are at Classic Metal Roofing. Consider these unique benefits:

  • Concealed fasteners for beauty and weathertightness
  • Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 coatings
  • Unique forming methods provide today’s most intricately designed metal roofing profiles
  • Wide range of colors to meet today’s home design trends
  • Lifetime / 40-Year Transferable Limited Warranty is non pro-rated for all owners
  • Warranty transfers to all future owners with no transfer fee
  • hI-R Heat Barrier Finishes reflect radiant heat even in dark colors
  • Proven manufacturer with 30+ years of experience
  • Product lines with 40 – 50 years of field use
  • Caring Customer Support Team always available to help homeowners
  • Experienced and trained independent dealer network
  • Optional PVDF powder coating allows custom colors and blends
  • Recycled content of up to 95%
  • Proven flashing designs including our unique “no-clog” valley system
  • Available factory-formed custom flashings
  • Weights as low as 0.45 pounds per square foot

As you consider a new roof for your home, please consider the many advantages of metal. And then consider the Classic Advantage – benefits that are unmatched in the industry.

Decisions, decisions....what's the perfect color?

 

Regular roof shingles are called 3-tab in the trade, for the 3-tab/flaps with quarter inch grooves between them in each panel.    They run flat, even rows as opposed to the textured and layered look of architectural shingles.    Regular shingles have an average 15-20 year life.  An architectural shingle roof has a 24-30 year life, with super premium grades rated for up to a 40 year lifespan.  And architectural shingles come in wider variety of colors, subtly variegated color patterns, have greater resistance to uplift in a windstorm, and have a heavier granule covering.

All of this comes at a price, of course.  Typically, an architectural shingle roof will cost about 25% more.  But you are rewarded for the extra investment with a 50% longer lifespan and a better looking roof.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

  • Fiberglass Shingle Roof Systems
  • Metal Roof Systems
  • Flat Roof Systems
  • Any type roof repairs
  • Temporary Dry-ins

Metal Roof and the rain!

If you love the sound of rain hitting a tin roof, then a metal roof system would be the  perfect choice for  you!  "Today's metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and can look like wood, clay tile, slate and even asphalt shingles.  The average costs more than other roof types-$16,000 on average, according to the Metal Roof Alliance- but a metal roof also offers a greater return on investment."

If you are a homeowner considering installing a new metal roof on your house, then undoubtedly, one of the burning questions on your mind is how much will it cost?   The average costs more than other roof types-$16,000 on average, according to the Metal Roof Alliance- but a metal roof also offers a greater return on investment."

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper-Zinc

One of the main reasons for the high cost of residential metal roofing is the high cost of labor required for professional installation.  That's right, installing a metal roof a is technically involved process requiring special skills, training, experience and equipment.  Unlike conventional asphalt shingle roofing, the installation  of a metal roof must be carried out in a very accurately-measured and precise manner.   To ensure the longevity of a new metal roof, the entire installation process must be carried out with proper technical know-how, precision, are and patience.

 

Colors Galore!