Architectural Shingles for Residential Roofs

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Your roof comprises a large portion of what people see when they look at your home and your roof is a chance to make a statement. Architectural shingles, also widely known as laminate shingles or dimensional shingles, are a high quality, layered asphalt shingle that will make your home stand out.

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What Are Architectural Shingles Made Of?

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Architectural roofing shingles are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in refined, water resistant asphalt.

Shingle Style

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The term “architectural” is used to describe these asphalt shingles because the contour, cut, and dimensional thickness of architectural shingles are specifically made to create architectural interest for the roof. Architectural shingles simulate the look of cedar shakes or natural slate tiles without the complicated installation and added weight to the home’s structure that is associated with genuine wood and stone roofing materials. The thickness of an architectural shingle gives it a distinctive appearance and it is available in different cuts and sizes to enhance the curb appeal of any home. Architectural shingles also come in a variety of high pigment colors that add light and shadow to the roof, giving the roof a dimensional, rather than a flat appearance. Each individual architectural shingle features multiple granule colors which showcases the beauty of your home and complements its natural surroundings.

Choosing the Right Shingle for Your Roof

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Asphalt shingle roofing is the most popular choice among Texas homeowners and for many years 3 Tab shingles were considered the standard of asphalt shingles in the roofing industry. Many advances in asphalt shingle technology have been made since the introduction of architectural shingles and they have become the most popular type of asphalt shingle roof in Texas.

The thicker construction of architectural shingles makes them heavier and more resistant to severe weather, which means more and more homeowners are making the choice to use architectural shingles for their roofs. Aside from the thickness of the shingle, architectural shingles offer many innovative features for your home. If energy efficiency is important to you, then an energy star rated architectural shingle may be the right choice for your home. The granules of these architectural shingles tend to be very light in color, enhancing the solar reflectivity of the roof to potentially lower your energy costs by reducing heat transfer to the interior of your home. If you live in an area with high humidity, some architectural shingles include copper in the granules to inhibit the growth of algae colonies, resulting in a roof that maintains its color and resists streaking. If style is your most important concern, some architectural shingles come in a high definition option with a bolder cut and select colors that have a very striking appearance. At Orbit Roofing, we are proud to offer high quality architectural shingles that can meet all your roofing needs and our highly experienced roofing professionals can assist you in making the right shingle choice for your style and budget.

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How Hail Damages Architectural Shingles

Hail impacts can dislodge the protective mineral granules of an asphalt shingle, producing areas of exposed asphalt shingle substrate. Shortly after a hailstorm, hail impacts are visible on an architectural shingle, showing freshly exposed asphalt shingle base material. If a homeowner chooses to wait to have their roof inspected after a storm, the granule loss due to hail impacts may weather or crack in the Texas heat and be more difficult for an insurance adjuster to identify as storm related damage. Therefore, it is extremely important to have your roof inspected by Orbit Roofing following a hailstorm.

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