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Why Should You Get Architectural Shingles for Your Roof?

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Homeowners who need to replace their existing roofing system have many options. Determining which of the available options is best suited to meet the needs of your residence can be challenging.

Architectural shingles could provide you with the aesthetic, durability, and strength that you want in a new roofing system. Some roofing materials might be out of your budget, but architectural shingles allow you to mimic the look of a cedar shake or slate roof without the cost.

Architectural shingles have a depth and texture that gives them a high-end appearance that can enhance the curb appeal and resale value of your home in the future.


Architectural shingles are among the most durable types of roofing materials available on the market. This durability stems from the differences in construction between traditional shingles and architectural shingles.

Traditional three-tab shingles consist of a single layer of material installed over a fiberglass cloth or matting. This thin design makes traditional shingles susceptible to damage when exposed to high winds, hail, or other severe weather conditions.

Architectural shingles have several combined layers of material come together through a laminate process. Added thickness helps to make architectural shingle roofs more durable, capable of resisting high wind speeds, and able to resist catching on fire.

You may find that you not only get access to a roof that will last but that the increased durability architectural shingles offer may qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance.


Cost is an influencing factor when selecting new roofing materials. The initial purchase price of architectural shingles can be higher than the costs associated with a three-tab shingle roofing system. Despite this higher initial investment, architectural shingles can save you a significant amount of money over the life of your home.

The added durability of architectural shingles means that these roofs last longer than their counterparts do. Replacing your roof less often leaves more money in your pocket for other home improvements or repairs.

An architectural roof also requires very little maintenance, so you will not have to invest a lot of money into repairs over the life of your roof if you opt to install architectural shingles in the future.


Aesthetic is an important consideration when you invest in a new roof for your home. Most homeowners know that curb appeal can have an effect on the resale value of a residential property. Since roughly half of the visible shell of an average home is roofing materials, the look of your roof matters.

Architectural shingles add interest to your home’s exterior. The layered design of these roofing systems gives your roof some texture, which creates depth and adds to the visual appeal of your property. Architectural shingles feature varying color patterns that can give older homes a more interesting and modern aesthetic.

You need to view your roof as a design element rather than just a protective covering if you want to ensure that the roofing system you install will add to the overall beauty and value of your property in the future.

The right roofing system can make your home more structurally sound. The appearance of your roofing materials can also enhance the beauty and prestige of your property. Architectural shingles offer the most flexibility when achieving a high-end look without the high-end price tag or maintenance that accompanies expensive roofing materials.

Contact Ray’s Harford Home Improvement Contractors Inc. if you are in the market for a new roofing system. We can help you identify the benefits of architectural shingles and estimate the cost of replacing your existing roof with these versatile shingles.

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