Architectural Shingles Installation

Feb 25, 2020Roofing0 comments


The shingles on your home’s roof provide a waterproof barrier that protects your home’s structural integrity and your family and belongings. There are multiple types of roofing shingles available and which one your home has will depend on the style of your house, where you live, and if there are local restrictions. Architectural shingles are common in higher-end homes. Architectural shingles are made of high-quality material and are dimensional or laminated shingles. They add beauty to your home to give it individuality while still matching the surrounding homes. Manufacturing of architectural shingles begins with a fiberglass mat base with minerals that are ceramic coated and embedded in water-resistant asphalt.

If they blend in with historic districts and used on homes of a certain age and style, then Who makes architectural shingles today? There are many manufacturers, some are well-known brands and others that are just as good quality, but not as well known.

The more popular Architectural shingles brands are:

  • Atlas Roofing
  • Building Products of Canada
  • Certainteed
  • GAF
  • GCP Applied Technologies
  • Interlock
  • Malarkey Roofing Products
  • Owens Corning

Architectural shingles installation 

Architectural shingles, also referred to as designer shingles, have a three-dimensional design and construction. There are several thicknesses to these shingles that create a shadow line, giving the appearance of slate shingles or wood shake shingles. This three-dimensional design enhances the appearance of a roof and provides extra protection.

While this can be a DIY project for any homeowner that has construction, craftsman abilities, we always recommend them professionally installed. The reason being, by having a professional roofing contractor install your architectural shingles, you’ll have a guarantee and warranty on the workmanship. They have the proper equipment, supplies, and tools to do the job correctly, including the experience of working on rooftops.

Architectural shingles colors

The roof of your home should match the style of your home, which extends your own personality. The color of the architectural shingles that you choose will be the welcoming you want to extend to visitors.

It can create a statement that is bold and dramatic. Or perhaps your home is of traditional elegance, ultra-contemporary, or urban chic. Whatever your home’s design is, the color of your architectural shingles should blend, contrast, or match accordingly.

A large part of achieving these looks is choosing the right color. A new architectural shingles roof is a large investment, which can bring a high ROI. It is also something that you’ll see every day for the 20 to 30 years, and so will your neighbors. It is important to choose a color that is you and yet matches the surrounding houses.

Color recommendations for a red house would be black, dark brown, green, or grey architectural shingles. A light grey house would be accented nicely with black, blue, green, grey, or white shingles and a house with white as the primary color would be set perfect with any color of architectural shingles.

Architectural shingles cost

When you have electrical work done, like extending wiring to a garage, or plumbing work is done, like sewer line repairs, you get several estimates.  You should do the same when shopping for a roofing contractor to install your architectural shingles.

The cost for purchasing and having architectural shingles installed on your home will have several factors including:

  • Size of your house
  • The height, slope, and pitch of the roof
  • The brand of shingles

On average, for a single-story home, architectural shingles on a roof can range from $14,000 to $22,000 depending on the slope, pitch, and size of your roof. For a multi-story home or a home with various rooflines, the cost to base your budget starts around $2.00 per square foot and goes up to $200 per square foot. These prices are based on basic asphalt shingles.

For 50-year architectural shingles, the cost is significantly more, ranging from $500 per square foot to $785 per square foot. However, real estate experts confirm that architectural shingles will give the homeowner a 6% ROI and will have a longer lifespan than the traditional shingles.

Architectural shingles warranty

Architectural shingles come with a warranty of 30-year, a 40-year, 50 years or lifetime. Some manufacturers of architectural shingles have changed their warranties. Among them are Atlas, CertainTeed, GAF, Owens Corning, and Tamko. Check each of their websites for more details or ask the roofing contractor that you choose to go with.



Quality architectural shingles and quality installation are the only way to get a high-quality roof. With this style of roofing shingles growing in popularity, more roofers are accepting jobs to install them, but they aren’t all experienced and trained with architectural shingles, thus, they install them as they do asphalt shingles.

Thicker shingles are not meant to be used for ridge caps because they don’t lay flat, and when forced to fit ridge caps, they break or crack. For a roof with architectural shingles, using 3-tab shingles for the ridge that matches the architectural shingles.

Architectural shingles on mobile home

Roofing for a mobile home differs from for a site-built home, primarily because of the weight.  A mobile home is designed to be moved, thus the roofing, siding, and other components of the home need to be lightweight. With that in mind, we do not recommend architectural shingles for a mobile home because they do weigh more than traditional shingles. The other options besides traditional asphalt shingles are aluminum or TPO.

You can find architectural shingles for sale at any big box home improvement store or from roofing contractors that sell to the public.  When you choose a roofing contractor to install your architectural shingles, you can request a quote with and without the contractor furnishing the shingles for the job.  Keep in mind that the contractor’s guarantee and warranty may vary if you supply your own shingles. Dial (214) 612-6696 today for your architectural shingle installation in McKinney, TX.


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