Roof Maintenance FAQs: How to Care for Architectural Shingles

What Are Architectural Shingles?

Architectural shingles are a type of asphalt shingle. Sometimes referred to as dimensional shingles, architectural shingles are made of several layers of asphalt shingle that are laminated together, creating a thicker more durable shingle. Dimensional/architectural shingles last longer than standard asphalt shingles and have an average expected lifespan of 30 years (standard asphalt roofing lasts approximately 20 years).

Additionally, architectural shingles are designed to be more aesthetically appealing than their more basic 3-tab counterparts. Architectural shingles come in a variety of colors, shapes, contours, and thicknesses. This allows homeowners to customize the look of their roofing without sacrificing quality and durability.

Are Architectural Shingles Worth the Additional Cost?

This is the #1 question we get about architectural shingles. Many people find them beautiful and are drawn to their durability. But, with their hefty price tag, many homeowners are left wondering if the versatility, look, and long lifespan are really worth it.

Architectural shingles can cost anywhere from 25% to 50% more than standard asphalt shingles. Depending on the size of your home, this difference is significant. However, if it is within your budget, architectural shingles offer a lot of value.

Some of the benefits of architectural shingles include the following:

  • Longer lifespan than average asphalt shingles
  • Better fire protection
  • Better storm protection, especially hail protection
  • Stand up better to high winds
  • Withstand higher temperatures

As with any roofing replacement, here at Lyons Roofing, we always recommend going over your options with our expert roofers.

Are you considering installing architectural shingles on your Phoenix or Tucson home? Keep reading to learn more about how to maintain this type of roofing.

Tips for Maintaining Architectural Shingles

Maintaining your architectural shingles is very similar to maintaining standard asphalt shingles. Your top priorities should be protecting your shingles from water damage and being on the lookout for leaks. Water does the most damage to shingles, and even a pinprick hole can lead to major problems. Being on the lookout for the signs of a water or moisture problem is crucial.

Signs your architectural shingles may be suffering from water damage include:

  • Blistering, cracking, or bubbling of shingles
  • Excess granule loss
  • Discoloration of tiles
  • Moss, algae, lichen, or fungus growing on your roof
  • Signs of mold or mildew growth on your roof or in your attic/crawlspace
  • Water spots or staining inside your home or attic areas
  • A musty odor in your home, especially in your attic

The best way to protect your roof from water damage is to schedule annual roof inspections with a professional roofer, like Lyons Roofing. During this inspection, your roofing specialist will review your entire roofing system, inside and out, looking for signs of damage or wear. They will then provide you with a repair plan and help you schedule any necessary follow-up work.

Ways to maintain your architectural shingles between maintenance visits include:

  • Keeping your roof free of debris build-up, including leaves, branches, etc.
  • Ensure that your roof’s drainage system is clear so that water can flow off of your roof quickly
  • Keep trees, bushes, and other plants pruned back wherever possible
  • Pay attention to potential pest issues, such as squirrels and birds roosting and nesting on your roof
  • Perform a visual inspection of your roof every so often and after major weather events
  • Make sure your chimney, skylights, venting, and any other roof installations are well-maintained and not compromising the integrity of your roof

If you notice any signs of a roofing problem, such as rusted flashing, missing or broken shingles, rusting skylights, etc., reach out to Lyons Roofing for repairs. The sooner you make repairs, the less susceptible your roof will be to further damage, and your architectural shingles will remain in good condition.

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