Is Architectural Shingles Better Than Other Roofing Materials?

The choice of shingle material depends on your needs, the area in which you live and the kind of climate you live in. The types of roofing materials available today include asphalt, wood, slate, tile and aluminum, each of which has their own benefits and disadvantages. You have to decide if you need a roofing system that is self-cleaning or if you would prefer a self-cleaning system such as rain gutters and leaf blowers. Also you have to consider the type of maintenance required, whether it is just the regular clean up or regular replacement and repairs, for the long term sustainability of your roof. In this article we will look at some of the popular roofing materials including tile and slate.

Two-Tab Shingles weighs about 50% less than other architectural shingle. Architectural shingles are generally between 50% and 65% heavier than two-tab shingle. With a lower weight and greater dimensional features, architectural shingles are typically more durable and are expected to last longer than an average three-tab roof. If you want to replace or repair the existing roof, one-tab shingle is the best choice. They are more expensive than two-tabs but they last longer and require less maintenance. However, they tend to be less resistant to rain and wind than two-tabs, especially if the roof is installed on sloped roofs.

All three roofing materials mentioned above can be easily cleaned using a water-based solution. Tile and slate are non-combustible, but they should not be used near a fireplace because they can catch fire. Asphalt shingles are fire-resistant, but they do need to be treated with a special fire retardant to prevent premature deterioration and damage. Tile and slate are easy to install but they are also more expensive to purchase and replace. Asphalt is the most popular roofing material available in the United States because of its affordability, flexibility and durability, however it does have a high maintenance requirement.