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Architectural Shingles: Is The Look Worth The Extra Expense? Tips On How To Decide

Architectural shingles are quickly gaining popularity with homeowners. These asphalt-based shingles can give you the best of all worlds. You get the look of Cedar Shake or Natural Slate without the weight and maintenance issues. Flammability is also less of a concern than with a wood shingle. Architectural shingles can cost about 4.50 to 7 dollars per square foot to install and slightly higher for higher quality with a 50-year lifespan. So, is this a good investment? 

Here are several tips to help you decide if investing in Architectural shingles is right for you:

Wide Variety of Styles

These roofing shingles are manufactured to appear like any other shingle, including expensive wood and slate. There are a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Whatever the style of your home, you will find an Architectural Shingle to enhance your design. It is easy to imagine how the upscale appearance of this type of roof will add to the aesthetic appeal of your home. 


The 30 to 50-year lifespan is significantly longer than other roofing shingles. Lifetime warranties that are offered with many Architectural shingles are the best in the industry. This is for as long as you own the house for many homeowners. Some warranties can be transferred to a new owner if you sell your home. 

Durable Construction

High winds can cause shingles to bend and crack over time. The strength of Architectural shingles offers resistance to this effect. If installed by a certified contractor, warranties may include unlimited coverage from wind damage. Discuss these considerations with your professional roofer. Extra-thick construction offers added protection from hail damage.

It is easy to see the advantages of Architectural shingles:

  • Extended Warranty
  • Increased Wind and Hail Resistance
  • Improved Curb Appeal
  • Wide Variety of Styles
  • Higher Resale Value

There are more advantages than just a nice-looking roof. The lifespan of this type of roofing material is a significant advantage over other roofing shingles. Examine your budget and situation before making a final decision. Talk about all the possibilities with a professional contractor. You may find the initial investment is well worth it. 
Please contact S&S Roofing to get a free estimate. We are a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated roofing company serving Snohomish, King, and Skagit counties. Our experienced staff will be happy to answer all your questions regarding Architectural roofing and related concerns. Let’s get started on your new roof today!