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What Are Laminated Shingles?

Finding a style of roofing that is unique and personalized to your property but also durable and cost-effective is a challenge for many homeowners. Many have found a solution to this problem in laminated shingles.

The look and layering effect make any house look great. And the unique architectural design of the shingles makes them a solid roofing choice in terms of durability and low maintenance costs.

What Are Laminated Shingles?

Laminated shingles, also known as architectural shingles or laminated architectural shingles, are made from multiple layers of fiberglass that are dipped in asphalt to strengthen them and then coated with granules that are fire resistant.

This processing makes laminated shingles exceptionally heavy and strong. They are a solid investment for a roof that will require little maintenance over the years to come.

Are Laminated Roof Shingles Waterproof?

Yes and no. The roof shingles are made of layers of laminated asphalt. Thus, the shingles themselves are waterproof. However, the way that they are layered over the roof during installation means that there is some overlap between the shingles, and it is theoretically possible for wind-driven rain to penetrate the layer of shingles.

Are Laminated Roof Shingles More Expensive?

Yes. In general, due to the extra processing time and the durability of each laminated shingle, their weight, and the way they are installed, laminated roof shingles are generally more expensive than average asphalt roof shingles.

Additionally, because laminated shingles are layered and not laid side by side, more are needed.

Are Laminated Asphalt Shingles Worth the Extra Cost?

Depending on the needs of your roof and the local environment, laminated shingles can be a great investment. These shingles can withstand high winds, will not crack or break in high heat or shifts in temperature, and can protect the home from falling or flying objects.

Though these architectural shingles may cost more money initially to purchase and install, the savings come later with less need for repair over the life of the roof. They can also bring a longer life for that roof when compared to other roofing materials.

Are Laminated Shingles Right for My Home?

Each home or building is different. It is important to consider local codes, the style of the building, and the desired overall effect when choosing and purchasing any roofing material.

In many cases, laminated shingles can be the perfect solution for repairs and/or a full roof replacement. They provide an elegant look to any style of architecture and stand up to extreme weather and shifts in weather. This makes them perfect for Maryland where the summers can mean temperatures in the triple digits and the winters bring freezing temperatures, ice, and snow.

If you would like to talk about installing laminated shingles on your roof, call Four Seasons Roofing today to set up a consultation.

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