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Architectural Shingles

What’s the perfect roofing material, you ask?  It has to be a material that’s durable, easy to install, and has a great overall appearance, right?  Well, architectural shingles definitely meet and exceed all of these standards.  These shingles have become very popular in recent years, and are consistantly noted as being the highest quality roofing substance on the market today.  Other than their high cost (which many think is well worth it), there are not many downsides to this miracle material.

The Make-up of Architectural Shingles

  • Made of asphalt, fiberglass, or organic materials
  • Weighs 50% more than traditional asphalt shingles
  • Coated with granules for added texture and appearance
  • Usually solid across their entire length (no notches like 3-tab traditional shingles)


  • Available in a wide range of colors, patterns and textures
  • Resistant to insects, fire, and wind damage (speeds of 120mph).
  • Some are even algae resistant and impact resistant
  • Easy to Install
  • Often come with a lifetime warranty


  • Some are suseptable to algae and mildew growth in damp conditions
  • Cost around 20-40% more than traditional asphalt shingles
  • Some only come with a 30-year warranty

Roof Shingles Replacement

If you find that your existing roof shingles are damaged, you should consider installing architectural shingles.  You have two choices in doing this:

Completely remove the old shingles and replace them with architectural shingles:

This is appropriate when your shingles are severely damaged.


Install a layer of architectural shingles over the old shingles:

The old shingles can provide extra insulation, and you won’t have to deal with the time and money involved in removing them.  However, be aware of your local laws, as some places prohibit having more than one layer of shingles.

1. Check for any damaged shingles, which you should repair or replace before installing the architectural shingles.

2. Appy a layer roofing felt, which makes the architectural shingles more durable.

3. Begin installing the architectural shingles.

Whether you are building a brand new house, or simply doing a roof replacement on the home you’ve cherished for years, architectural shingles will provide the strength and aesthetic quality you deserve.  For more questions about roofing materials and installation, don’t hesitate to contact M. Walter Roofing, your Chicagoland roofers!