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Atlanta Roofing: Article About Choosing Architectural Shingles For The Roof

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When building a new home, one of the most important considerations is what type of roofing material will be used. Many choose architectural shingles for their durability and classic look, among other advantages that make this roofing material popular on the market. For those considering architectural shingles, it will be important to contact an experienced Atlanta roofing company to ensure their proper installation.

One of the main advantages of architectural shingles is their method of installation. While the individual shingles themselves are typically heavier than traditional asphalt shingles, architectural roofing material is actually lighter on the roof overall and does not require tab slots. Because of their sturdiness and weight, they do not require the installation of any additional roofing material underneath. Therefore, the installation process is somewhat easier, and the roof is not as heavy on the house.

Another feature that homeowners might find appealing is architectural shingles' total cost. While the initial cost may be higher than traditional asphalt shingles, they tend to last longer and require less repair work. Though a variety of asphalt, architectural shingles are thicker, more sturdy and designed to look like high end roof materials such as slate or tile. In addition, the warranties issued for these types of roofs are normally in the 30 to 50 year range.

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Three tab roofs are typically only issued a 20 to 30 year warranty. Some manufacturers can even offer a 75 year warranty on architectural shingles. However, this will depend on the type of installation, the climate and several other factors.

Additionally, architectural shingles offer more versatility than other, more traditional types of shingles because they can be manufactured in different sizes and shapes to suit any style. For example, some shingles can be cut in an oversized fashion and installed to look like cedar shakes. They also are manufactured in unique blended color patterns to create darker shades that complement the home's exterior.

Over time, roofs commonly begin to show signs of wear and tear due to the effects of algae and mold growth. The roof usually appears dirty and may have black streaks running down the sides. Architectural shingles do a good job of hiding the effects of mold and algae proliferation. These shingles are incorporated with specks of copper and zinc granules that combat the growth of organic material. Its consistency keeps the beautiful appearance of the roof intact for years, and it also helps to maintain its integrity and performance.

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