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When choosing shingles for a new home or replacing an existing roof, homeowners have a lot to consider in terms of energy efficiency, curb appeal, durability and cost effectiveness. Madison roofing companies frequently find homeowners delaying decision making because of how complex the choice among different roofing styles has become. After all, the decision has long-term implications and roofs are a large investment.

Architectural asphalt shingles are becoming a popular choice among homeowners. These versatile shingles can provide a moderately priced roof that will last for decades, improve home energy efficiency and provide an added level of sophistication to the home's appearance. For homeowners seeking a compromise between affordability and quality, they can be very good choice.

So named because their depth and texture give them the appearance of an architectural feature and not merely a roofing material, architectural shingles are considered the highest quality of asphalt shingles currently on the market. They are slightly heavier and thicker, but still much less of a strain on joists or roof decking than tile, wood shake or stone. Architectural shingles' added weight contributes to their durability and a longer projected lifespan, as opposed to more traditional or lower quality asphalt shingles.

Architectural shingles have a longer lifespan than many other materials.

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They are often warrantied for as long as 30 years or roughly double the longevity expected from standard three tab asphalt shingles. In fact, this duration is more similar to that of concrete tile or metal, but without the added weight of these materials or expensive installation.

Installing these shingles is also an excellent opportunity to enhance home energy savings. Architectural shingles can save a homeowner on utility costs in several ways, including increased insulation and lower heat absorption. During installation is a great time for a homeowner to consider adding attic insulation along with their more efficient shingles.

Choosing lighter colored roofing instead of black or dark gray helps reduce cooling costs as well because less heat is absorbed by the shingles. Trending colors right now include beige, sand, terracotta, blue and green. Homeowners may wish to consider more exotic colors carefully before committing to them, although their popularity is currently on the rise.

Overall, architectural shingles can cost 15 to 20 percent more than regular asphalt. In general, installation costs are similar, though heavier architectural shingles sometimes cost more to install. However, given their added advantages and increased lifespan, they can still be a cost effective choice for many homeowners.

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