Architectural and 3-Dimensional Shingles

Because the traditional asphalt shingle roof is ubiquitous throughout Arizona as it is elsewhere in America, many homeowners come to RENCO Roofing looking for an effective but tasteful alternative. They often find it in the architectural shingle roofs we install. If you’re currently weighing your options for a roof replacement or new roofing installation, here are the factors you’ll need to consider.

Architectural and 3-Dimensional Shingles

How 3-Dimensional Shingles Work

Materially speaking, three-dimensional shingles (another name for architectural shingles) are similar to asphalt shingles. Their construction, however, is different. Three-tab shingles use a single, uniform layer of material that gives them their characteristic look and slim profile.

Architectural shingles use a heavyweight fiberglass base layer topped by further layers of minerals and ceramics encased in asphalt. Rather than the single layer, multiple layers may be sandwiched or overlapped, giving a variety of appearances and textures.

Architectural Shingle Advantages

That layered manufacturing process is what gives these shingles their depth and character. It also allows these shingles to mimic a variety of other roofing styles. You can, for instance, get three-dimensional shingles that look similar to a slate roof, cedar shakes, or even tile, while sidestepping the issues that come with each of those options.

3-D Shingle Disadvantages

As useful and durable as they are, 3-dimensional shingles do have some drawbacks. The layering process does lead to more material used, which results in a cost that’s about 20% higher on average. There’s also the issue of weight, since these shingles are about 50% heavier than their traditional counterparts. If you’re re-roofing over an existing three-tab shingle roof, extra care should be taken to ensure that the frame and roof deck are capable of handling the extra weight.

Architectural Shingles Versus Three-Tab Shingles

Besides the aforementioned differences in texture, weight, and cost, how do architectural shingles fare against traditional three-tab shingles? The answer is, “Very well.”

The added thickness means shingles that are less prone to warping and weather damage. The additional weight is offset by architectural shingles’ superior insulating properties. The added cost, in turn, is offset by greater durability; many three-tab roofs will be warranted for about 20 years, whereas three-dimensional shingle roofs tend to be warranted for 25 to 30 years, though there are also premium options warranted for fifty years that could well outlast the homeowner.

Are Architectural Shingles Right for Me?

As with any other home renovation or business roofing project, a new roof brings with it a host of considerations: esthetics, durability, structural concerns, and — of course — cost. Many RENCO Roofing clients find that when they weigh the long-term benefits against the short-term cost of architectural shingles, they are in fact extremely cost-effective.

Since each client, and each project, differs, we suggest scheduling a free roofing quote. We may find that a simple roofing repair makes more sense than a roof replacement, or we may advise an alternative to architectural shingles depending on your aims and your budget. To see how we can help you, call us at 602-867-9386 today.

The RENCO Roofing Difference

Whether your project is big or small, we strive to provide both the highest level of workmanship and the highest level of customer care. When you work with our team of highly trained professionals, we guarantee you’ll see the difference.

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We Fix the Real Problem

Before inspecting your roof, when you meet with our consultants at your home, we’ll take the time to talk to you and understand the project at hand, what issues you are experiencing and assess how we can best solve the problem. You’ll be confident knowing that the solution we provide will be the right one for your roof.

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Our Quality Workmanship and Products

Since 2004, the RENCO Roofing team has provided top quality workmanship on roofs throughout Arizona. We complete our projects with integrity - with work that we are proud to stand behind and with products that we trust.

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Our Communication

From the first call to our office to the final inspection with our team, we know that communication is key for our customers. We promise to be in constant communication with our customers throughout the entire project - no surprises here.



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