Quarve Contracting
Monday 28 April 2014

Should You Love or Hate Architectural Roof Shingles?

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04apr24c3a14If you've been shopping for new roofing, you may have heard the term 'architectural' regarding shingles.  Architectural roof shingles are also known as dimensional shingles and are able to make a roof look outstanding. But the final outcome depends on the installer.  If your roofing contractor is not up to date with everything in the industry, then the shingles are not going to look as good as they were intended to. These shingles are manufactured by laminating a heavy fiberglass mat base that is stuffed with ceramic-coated mineral granules embedded using asphalt. When these shingles are installed correctly, they are able to give a three-dimensional look to the roof of a home. When put in place properly, they provide ventilation to the attic and are able to last to for their warranty period.  If installation is not done properly, they can actually be a nightmare for the home owner, because leaks often result. Flashings might get pierced, or any other number of installation errors could be made to compromise the roofing job.  The resulting leaks are not because of the quality of the shingles but because of the quality of the roofer and the inability to do the proper work. Often less-than-experienced roofers just want to do a fast job rather than a good one. Another cause of failure of these shingles is the roofing omitting nails where they are needed.  Poorly-installed shingles will cause problems with many spots on the roof, and then you'll have to hire another roofing company to make repairs, possibly even replacing a section of the roof.  An inspection should be done to find these questionable areas. But when the job is done the right way the first time, then you can feel confident about the roof looking great, being watertight and doing the job it is supposed to for years to come. When it comes right down to it, architectural shingles can be a great choice for roofing if asphalt is what you're looking for.  Just remember, the contractor you choose to install your asphalt roof is a big factor in how good it will look and how well it will perform.  Speak with us - we're a Minneapolis and St. Paul MN roofing company that is able to provide you with a great looking and working roof, done right the first time. Here at Quarve, we strive to provide only the highest in quality products and services.  If it's time for a new roof, give us a call to talk about your options.  We offer a variety of roofing products, from metal roofing to asphalt shingles from GAF/Elk and CertainTeed.  (763) 785-1472