Today, roofing trends are changing. Standard asphalt shingles used to be the norm for all households. Today we are faced with many more choices, giving us the ability to have the custom look we desire for our homes. An increasingly popular choice in shingles is dimensional shingles. These are shingles that give your home a unique, modern look with its raised appearance and gorgeous curb appeal. Also known as architectural shingles, these shingles are similar to asphalt shingles, but they stand apart from the standard 3-tab asphalt shingles in large ways as well. The standard asphalt shingles have an ordinary look to them that dimensional shingles do not have. The dimensional options of these shingles offer a wide variety of options for roofs, increasing the value and curb appeal of your home.
Advantages of Dimensional Shingles
Durable – These shingles contain two layers of asphalt material that are bonded together, giving these shingles incredible durability when it comes to heavy winds and hail. Many architectural shingles can withstand winds up to 120 mph making them a good choice for many homes.
Fire Resistant – Offering incredible fire resistance is a large benefit of dimensional shingles.
Longevity – Architectural shingles typically last up to 40 years and the manufacturer’s warranties are usually pretty long – ranging from 20 years to some even lasting 50 years.
Curb Appeal – Because dimensional shingles are two shingles fused together, they look 3-dimensional when installed, giving your home an even greater beauty that standard shingles could not provide.
Dimensional shingles are a more attractive choice for modern day homes with their ability to take on any style and design – you can replicate almost any roof material with dimensional shingles. Their longevity and durability are making them an increasingly popular choice for homes.
Disadvantages of Dimensional Shingles
As with any material, there are disadvantages to this type of roof. The main disadvantage is the likelihood of mold and mildew growth on the shingles. This is mainly due to its raised edges that capture damp leaves – resulting in mold or mildew. Dimensional shingles are also more costly than standard asphalt shingles, but the investment can pay off in the long run.
Making the Choice
Weighing the pros and cons to dimensional shingles will help you make an informed decision regarding whether this type of roof is the right roof for your home.