Developed in the 1980’s, architectural shingles have grown in popularity and are used on about 75% of US homes have architectural shingles. They appeal to many homeowners because of their affordability as well as durability. Architectural shingles are made of a fiberglass base coated with a waterproof layer of asphalt and then topped with ceramic granules. They are considered to be among the best in regard to quality and their density gives them a place among some of the most durable roofing materials.
Architectural shingles are fairly easy to install, compared to heavier and more expensive materials like slate or tile, since they require no additional support under the roof. Special coatings and granules are also added to the shingle to give it a unique appearance and quality of performance. Certain types of architectural shingles also have interlocking tabs, which also simplifies the installation process.
Because of their heavy weight, architectural shingles are very durable and able to withstand most weather conditions. For the most part, the heavier the shingle – the higher the rating for weather and fire resistance. These shingles are designed to withstand winds of up to 120 mph!