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New Roofing Shingles: What We Recommend at DeKalb Roofing

shingle installationOne of the decisions homeowners must make when getting a new roof is what type of shingles to use. There are a wide variety of factors to consider and options to choose from, and there are key differences between the two that homeowners should be aware of.

Here, we provide information about the options for new roofing shingles, things to consider, and what we recommend here at DeKalb Roofing Company.

Your Shingles Options

Homeowners have two main options when selecting new shingles: traditional 3-tab shingles, and architectural shingles.

  • 3-tab shingles are basic shingles. Once considered the standard choice, 3-tab shingles are the least expensive option.
  • Architectural shingles are any type other than traditional shingles, and they are fast becoming the standard in the industry. Architectural shingles are considered to be the higher-end option, and many homeowners choose them because they provide more attractive results and add value to the home.

What to Consider When Getting New Shingles

There are a few things homeowners should consider before selecting which type of shingles to use.

  • How long you will be in your home: Traditional shingles come with a 25-year warranty, while architectural shingles carry a limited lifetime warranty. Many homeowners plan to be in their homes long-term, and for them, architectural shingles may be worth the investment. For homeowners who do not plan to stay in their homes, however, 3-tab shingles may be the preferable option.
  • The importance of your roof’s appearance: Homeowners who are trying to achieve a certain “look” for their homes often prefer the appearance of architectural shingles.
  • Cost:¬†Homeowners who choose architectural shingles will pay approximately 10% more than they would if they used traditional shingles.
  • Weather: For homeowners who live in areas that frequently experience bad weather, architectural shingles may be the better option, as they are heavier.

What We Recommend

In our opinion, if you plan to stay in your home long-term, it will likely be worth the added cost to invest in architectural shingles. Not only will you have the assurance of a limited lifetime warranty, but you will also improve the appearance of your home and add value should you ever wish to sell. Of course, each homeowner must weigh the pros and cons of each choice before making the final decision.

We want to help you make the best possible choice for your home. Contact us to learn more about your options for replacing your shingles or to schedule your free estimate.

The Best Roofing Shingles for Your Atlanta Home


Did the last thunderstorm ruin the shingles on your roof to the point where you need to hire a roofing contractor to fix them? If so, DeKalb Roofing Company offers the best roofing shingles for your Atlanta home! Our architectural shingles deliver impressive, long-lasting results that will keep your home’s exterior looking beautiful for years to come.

Whether you are quite knowledgeable about roofing and roof shingles, or you haven’t the slightest inkling about the topic, our roofing contractors are here to help you! Our well-trained and knowledgeable roofing and gutter installation experts have been employed within the industry for 10 or more years each. That means we can educate you about the processes, as well as present the facts and details about the quality roofing products we utilize.

What are architectural shingles?

¬†To start with, architectural shingles are also known as dimensional shingles or laminated shingles. In case you haven’t heard much about them, they are the highest quality roofing products that we could ever offer you, our customer!

Architectural shingles versus traditional shingles

Why are architectural shingles better than other traditional shingles (i.e. standard asphalt shingle) on the market? Well we’re here to tell you why!

  • Architectural shingles are quite a bit heavier in weight than traditional shingles, which means we don’t have to add extra support underneath the roof. This heavier mat base consists of organic materials or fiberglass, in addition to some asphalt.
  • Architectural shingles create a distinct, beautiful look to roofs.
  • Our customers who have particularly large homes love architectural shingles for their impressive appearance.
  • They are designed to have a three-dimensional appearance, hence the name “dimensional shingles!”
  • The relatively simple installation process of architectural shingles allows for sturdy, long-lasting results. There are times when we install each shingle with nails, and other times we use both nails and the interlocking tabs that are attached to the shingles. This technique creates a tight adherence to the roof and shingles to last long and make them more durable.
  • Architectural shingles last longer than traditional shingles. Actually, architectural shingles last between 30-50 years! Their flexible, strong design enables them to withstand extreme temperatures and strong weather events (i.e. heavy hail, strong winds up to 120 mph, etc).
  • Typically, they come with a lifetime warranty–now who can say “no” to that?

What are architectural shingles made of?

Here at DeKalb Roofing Company, we love using architectural shingles because they are the most diverse compared to all other roofing shingles on the market. Depending on several factors (i.e. the location of your home, the climate near your home, etc), our roof installation experts will help you determine which type of architectural shingle is best suited for your home. There are several types of architectural shingles to choose from, including:

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Slate
  • Solar

As with many other products on the market, each material is best suited for certain environmental conditions. For instance, if your home is located near a forest that is prone to fires, these homeowners would probably benefit the most from an architectural shingle made of slate due to it’s fire-resistant benefits.

Call us today for your free roofing quote!

Well now that you know more information about the architectural shingles that we offer, are you ready to receive the best roofing shingles? If so, we encourage you to call us for your free roofing estimate today!