If you need a new roof, then you should speak to a roofing contractor as soon as possible about the work that needs to be completed on your home. If you want to go the traditional route, then pick out some asphalt shingles that you like. You have many different choices when it comes to these types of shingles. If you want shingles that are sturdy, durable, and strong, then think about architectural shingles. If you choose these, then there are a few things you need to think about.
They Cannot Be Added To Other Shingles
Sometimes roofs can be constructed by placing a new layer of shingles over the old ones. There are some advantages to adding a new layer of shingles. Disposal costs are reduced, preparation time is minimal, and most roofs are rated to hold two distinctive layers of shingles. However, architectural shingles are quite a bit heavier than traditional ones. They are sometimes three times thicker than three-tab shingles. This also means that they are two to three times the weight. This can cause a great deal of stress on your roof if there is one shingle layer already secured.
If you live in a cold weather area, then ice and snow can also add weight. If this is concern of yours, then it is best to have your old shingles removed. One good thing about this is the fact that the roof deck can be inspected thoroughly. This inspection is completed to find rotten plywood and beams, to locate missing or loose nails, and to locate holes or cracks in the deck. Repairs are then made to ensure a strong roof structure.
Once the deck is inspected, a lightweight membrane can be added to the plywood. This can help to reduce weight as well.
They Are More Expensive
Many homeowners choose to have asphalt shingles placed on their roofs because they are relatively inexpensive. For example, in certain areas, an asphalt roof will cost between about $3,000 and $4,000 to install. This is the prices for an average sized roof and general use shingles. If you opt for architectural grade shingles, the cost can increase by at least a few thousand dollars based on the materials alone.
While cost may be a concern, you should know that the shingles will last longer. Architectural shingles are likely to last for 30 years or longer. On the other hand, typical or general grade asphalt ones may only last for about 20 years.
Not only are the shingles likely to last longer, but you will probably not notice common roofing problems that include blow-offs, rips, and cracks. These are types of damage that are commonly associated with high-wind situations. The heavy architectural shingles stop the wind from billowing underneath the shingles and causing damage.