Architectural Shingles on a roof in Bloomington, IL

Architectural Shingles Provided by Sundown Exteriors


Recently, a new generation of high-quality asphalt roofing products with distinctive and often dramatic appearances has resulted from the enhancements to the dimensional shingle. These advanced shingles are called architectural roofing shingles or laminated or dimensional shingles. Architectural shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made, and you should consider them for your home to make it even more beautiful. Traditionally, architectural shingles start with a heavier mat base, typically fiberglass that has been coated with asphalt. Multiple layers are then overlapped and laminated together to create the distinctive texture. The finished product weighs about 100-lbs. more per 100 square feet of roof area than regular shingles.


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Although asphalt and fiberglass shingles are the most common roofing materials for residential homes, most realtors recommend upgrading to architectural shingles when it is time for a roof replacement because of the all-important curb-appeal boost it gives an older home. Architectural roof shingles are thicker asphalt shingles designed to look like slate, cedar, clay tile, and other natural materials, providing nearly limitless color options. If you have been looking for a way to get the upgraded look you want without paying for the high prices of natural roofing materials, then a slight increase in cost in shifting from regular asphalt shingles to architectural roofing shingles could be the perfect compromise.



Benefits of Architectural Shingles


Sundown Exteriors outlines some of the benefits of using architectural shingles. Learning about the advantages of using these types of shingles could help you make a more informed decision the next time you need to replace your roof.


First, architectural shingles provide a home with a more customized and awe-inspiring appearance because of their shape and depth. Although they are asphalt shingles, they have the appearance of other roofing materials. For example, two of the more popular styles are slate and shake shingles. When slate-style asphalt shingles are installed, they provide the look of simple elegance found in a slate roof, with all of the practical advantages of asphalt. Similarly, when shake-style shingles are used, the rustic and sophisticated look of wood shakes is combined with the performance of asphalt shingles.


Second, performance is another important reason to consider architectural shingles. These shingles are manufactured differently from standard 3-tab shingles and are dependable in delivering greater longevity. Standard 3-tab shingles are made with a single layer of material on top of a glass mat, whereas architectural shingles are constructed using multiple layers of materials, granules, and asphalt. As they contain multiple layers, they are heavier, so they place more weight on the roof. The multi-layer construction also makes them more durable so they last longer, which means that most architectural shingles carry a longer warranty. They also deliver higher wind resistance of up to 130 mph.


Finally, there are actually some cost advantages to using architectural shingles. In most cases, the price of these shingles per square is actually more expensive than 3-tab shingles by 20-30%. When considered relative to other factors, the additional value brought by architectural shingles to the homeowner may actually result in a lower cost of ownership. When we consider that architectural shingles carry a longer warranty, keep their appearance longer, and wear less, then this could mean that they pay for themselves in less re-roofing over time.


Professionally Installed Architectural Shingles


Sundown Exteriors offers several different types of architectural shingles for any roofing project. Whether you’re building a new home or replacing an existing roof, we can recommend the best material based on style you want, cost, weight, and installation requirements. We highly recommend using architectural shingles because they are a cost-effective performance solution that greatly enhances the beauty of your home. Our professionals are ready to beautify your home's roof through these revolutionary roofing materials.


Trust Sundown Exteriors today for quality roofs. Get in touch with one of our representatives to address any of your concerns or to start your roofing project.


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Had a new roof and gutter guards on home and garage replaced 2 months ago. Very professional service and presentation. Contract presented along with license and insurance information along with paperwork showing carried workman's comp on employees. All work done within promised time frame. Perfectionism noted on completion of job and cleanup perfect. Employees very respectful and hard workers. Would recommend them and would use them again in the future if needed. Good job, thank you!

- Marie M.


We were very pleased with the overall job of Matt and his crew the day we got our new roof. Great work guys! Zack is a very good salesman and did a good job explaining everything to us. Thanks to all of you!

- Brenda C – Barnes, IL


Great job. What a good-looking roof. Zack and his crew were fine to deal with — courteous, hardworking, attention to detail. We had a leak problem and were scheduled quickly. Zack even came a few days before and did a temporary fix because of a threat of rain. Very competitive price with a good, thorough final clean-up and an inspection with the owner before the final payment is made. Good group to do business with. Thank you!

- Jerry & Helene B.


Excellent work for far less money than other estimates.

- Staci H. – Mason City, IL