Architectural Roofing Vs Other Less Expensive Roofing Types

by Apr 29, 2015Blog

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The roofing space is evolving at a very rapid space and every few years, new and better materials are launched. Today, new homes and commercial establishments sport architectural roofing. Though this is more expensive than traditional materials such as cedar and asphalt, is fast becoming the product of choice for many property owners across the country. Let’s take a look at the things that and don’t work for cedar and asphalt roofs against the many benefits of architectural roofing:

Cedar Shingles

  • Natural cedar shingles are fast going out of style. Though its quite easy to produce these shingles; in the long term,  harvesting of any old-growth cedar is not simple or sustainable
  • It’s expensive to replace & old-growth cedar is not commercially available any longer on account of cutting restrictions
  • Cedar is a naturally combustible material & is not suitable for high risk areas with reference to forest/bush fires
  • The only way to improve  fire-resistance of these shingles, is to pre-treat them with chemical agents- this is also required  to be actioned at regular intervals after installation  to reduce moisture-absorption, rotting, moss growth and warping
  • Regular maintenance-costs for cedar roofing can run upto $4,000/year
  • Though the life expectancy of natural cedar roofing is about 15-20 years, it starts losing its aesthetic appeal within 5-10 years

Asphalt Shingles

  • Although they are cost-effective, there are many issues with asphalt roofs. A number of homeowners replace their cedar roof with asphalt, but this brings down the value of the home
  • Asphalt roofs don’t look as aesthetically appealing as  architectural roofing
  • They cannot withstand  high winds very well and  at times will be torn-off the roofs
  • They curl, cup, crack  and loose granules as they age
  • Since  these are now fiber-glass based, replacement becomes necessary after 15-20 years

Architectural Roofing

Architectural roofing shingles are much thicker asphalt shingles. Most architectural roofing is made of layers of very heavy fiberglass/asphalt as its base/core layers (2-3 layers). Mineral granules are then used on top for visual interest and texture.

  • They are designed to look just  like slate, cedar and  clay tile & a number of other natural materials
  • Architectural roofing provides more dramatic shadow-lines and complements the look of turrets and gables
  • Range of styles and colors which adds to their versatility

Advantages to Architectural Roof Shingles

  • Cool roofing option in much hotter climates
  • Certain types of these dimensional shingles offer better light deflection & added insulation
  • Some architectural shingles are coated with zinc granules which prevent algae & mold growth
  • Relatively lightweight- no extra structural-support required
  • Since they are thicker than traditional shingles, they  can last longer and have a 30-50 year warranty
  •  More high-wind and fire resistant compared to cedar and asphalt

As you can see, architectural roofing wins hands down when compared to other less-expensive and conventionally used roofing materials. It’s no surprise that people are now opting for this revolutionary material.

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