Chicagoland Residential Shingle Roofing Professionals
Architectural shingles are one of the most common roofing products used and the most economical you can use to keep the weather out of your home. Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base that is impregnated with asphalt and has ceramic-coated granules that are tightly embedded over the mat and asphalt. They come in a variety of colors to match any the decor of any home.
Replacing a roof can be a big, important decision, it also helps protect your investment and it gives you the chance to start fresh with a new look. Changing the color or style of shingle is a great way to put your own touch on your home and add real value. Matrix Exteriors only uses quality products from CetainTeed, GAF and Owens-Corning. When installing these products we use the corresponding components that work together to give you the best roofing system available. Contact Us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.
ARCHITECTURAL VS. 3-TAB SHINGLES: IS CHEAPER BETTER?
Asphalt shingles are a roofing staple all over North America by dint of their low upfront cost and easy installation. They are currently the most significant player in the roofing market, outpacing all other roofing materials by a considerable margin. Asphalt shingles are manufactured in two different types: three-tab and architectural.
Three-tab shingles are distinguished by cutouts—tabs—made along their long lower edge. The result, says Joan Crowe, a technical services director for the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA), is that “each shingle looks like three separate pieces when installed, but it’s only one.” Three-tab shingles have been around a long time and are still the most economical and most popular shingle today.
Architectural asphalt shingles contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an additional asphalt layer. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that gives them their name. Asphalt sealant bonds the layers, reinforcing the shingles’ waterproof capability. Though durable, architectural shingles are not recommended for low-sloping roofs, which are more vulnerable to wind-driven rain.
Although the difference between three-tab and architectural shingles seems superficial, roofers consider the latter a more high-end roofing product. The price difference reflects this, with architectural shingles costing 20% to 40% percent more than three-tab shingles—a difference that can mean up to $1500 more for larger roofs.
But are architectural shingles worth the extra cost? The Answer Is Yes, Unequivocally Yes. Here’s why:
- Architectural shingles can be made to resemble premium roofing materials like cedar and slate and are better able to hide imperfections on the roof surface.
- Architectural shingles are nearly twice as thick as three-tab shingles and are therefore more durable and less vulnerable to curling.
- Weight and wind resistance. Three-tab shingles usually weigh 240 lbs per square and are rated for wind speeds up to 60 mph; architectural shingles weigh 340-440 lbs per square and are rated for wind speeds up to 80-120 mph.
- Manufacturer’s warranties. Twenty-five years for three-tab, 40 to 50 years for architectural.
So is it cheaper better? The answer will depend on how you look at things. Three-tab shingles are more affordable upfront, but throughout your roof’s lifetime, architectural shingles can cost less.
Shingle Roofing Options and Brochures
- Carriage House
- Grand Manor
- Highland Slate
- Landmark Premium
- Landmark Pro
- Presidential Shake
Our Best Selling and Most Popular Shingles
GAF Timberline HDZ Shingles
America’s #1-selling shingle got even better. Timberline® HDZ™ Shingles feature LayerLock™ Technology, which powers the industry’s widest nail zone.
When installed with the required combination of four qualifying GAF Accessories, Timberline® HDZ™ Shingles are eligible for an industry first: a wind warranty with no maximum wind speed limitation.
GAF Grand Sequoia Shingles
Some homes, like some people, were made for a natural setting. They feel deeply connected to the mountains, or the desert, or the shore. They convey a strong sense of place, as if they’d always been there.
Grand Sequoia® Lifetime Designer Shingles make your home an integral part of the beauty surrounding it. Featuring a custom color palette and an unrivaled artisan-crafted design, Grand Sequoia® Shingles make a dramatic, sophisticated statement on a wide range of home styles.
GAF Glenwood Shingles
When it came to creating the industry’s most authentic wood shake-look shingle, we knew we had to deliver nothing less than all the remarkable, natural beauty of genuine hand-split wood shakes. But we didn’t stop there. Not only did we ensure that this innovative shingle would provide all the top performance you’d expect — we also enhanced its dimensionality.
We’re proud to say that no other triple-layer asphalt shingle available today matches the thickness of our premium Glenwood® Shingles. You can see the difference for yourself; there’s simply no comparison!
GAF Woodland Shingles
Your roof can represent up to 40% of your home’s “curb appeal.” Maximizing your home’s “visual appeal” with Value Collection. Lifetime Designer Shingles from GAF can be exciting, fun—and a smart investment. You don’t have to travel back in time in order to re-create the natural beauty of a hand-cut shingle roof. You simply need Woodland® Lifetime Designer Shingles.
Stylish and surprisingly affordable, Woodland® Shingles are where modern technology meets old-world tradition. The custom color palette, designed exclusively for GAF by color industry expert Patricia Verlodt, features subtle blends with contrasting colors that are designed to enhance your home’s exterior and give it unexpected depth and beauty. So your roof will not only last— it’ll be the talk of your neighborhood! Woodland®.