One of the unfortunate byproducts of all the new roofing materials that are so readily available today is that the classical look and feel of the roofs of the past are becoming just that – a thing of the past. Fortunately, with advent of architectural shingles, there is a modern solution that gives your home many of the same eye-catching features of yesteryear. The lines and shadows recall the look and feel of the shake roof, but with an ease of installation and many other modern elements that homeowners find particularly attractive.
Apart from their striking physical appearance, architectural shingles offer so much more. Because of their composition, they provide a great deal of protection to your roof. They can withstand the force of winds that exceed 100 miles per hour and are able to fend off the impact of wayward golf balls and plummeting tree limbs. The combination of the new and the old — with striking lines and shadows cast by the extra thick shingles evoking roofing of the past, and their ability to withstand a variety of weather conditions, architectural roofing shingles are the ideal choice for many parts of the country. These shingles, due to their structural makeup, effectively resist fungal growth. So in areas with a great deal of rainfall and/or humid conditions, these are a great choice. Miami and Tampa, for example, are great cities for this kind of material.
The basic general composition of these shingles is of a fiberglass wound foundation. Included in the fabrication are small hard bits that are encrusted by a ceramic material, mixed and contained within an asphalt resin that is highly resistant to water. To create the final look of depth of the shake shingle, two shingles are bonded together.
Architectural roofing shingles give the consumer a wonderful array of colors from which to choose. The variety of choices allows the homeowner to pick and choose the perfect shingle to coordinate with the present look of the home. Brown, grey and terracotta are a few of the more interesting colors that help your roof stand out from the norm. Some of the more popular, reputable brands that you might consider for your roof are Owens Corning, CertainTeed, Tamko and Elk.