Premium Asphalt Shingles: When Only the Best Will Do

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If you want the absolute strongest, longest-lasting asphalt shingle roof possible in the North Texas climate, your choice is premium shingles. While architectural shingles provide an excellent combination of durability and affordability, premium shingles are constructed to the highest standards to withstand decades of extreme weather. Here at DFW Roofers, we’ve outlined the key benefits and considerations of upgrading to premium shingles for your home’s roof.

What are Premium Asphalt Shingles?
Premium asphalt shingles take material design to the highest level. Using premium weathering asphalt, reinforced mats, and ceramic granule coatings, premium shingles far surpass the durability and longevity of traditional 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. Leading brands like GAF and Owens Corning offer premium lines with advanced warranties of 50 years or more.

Advanced Weathering Materials
Premium shingles start with top-grade asphalt modified with specialty polymers for flexibility and UV resistance. The embedded mineral granules are ceramic-coated for maximum longevity and often include solar reflective additives to reduce heat absorption. Heavyweight fiberglass or organic felt reinforces the core to prevent tearing.

Benefits of Premium Shingles
Homeowners choosing premium shingles get every conceivable benefit from an asphalt roof:

  • Extreme Impact Resistance – Can withstand severe hail and storms.

  • High Wind Warranty – Covered up to 130mph winds.

  • Algae Resistance – Advanced algae-fighting formulations.

  • Luxury Looks – Mimic premium materials like slate, tile, and metal at a fraction of the cost.

Styles, Colors and Options
Premium shingles showcase the highest quality designs and materials. Dimensional thickness and sculpted shapes create dynamic visuals. Color blends utilize sophisticated multi-tone granules. Designer-style premium shingles can mimic wood shakes or custom patterns. As the top tier, premium shingles provide the utmost style possibilities.

Cost Considerations
Premium shingles do come at a higher initial price point than basic 3-tab or architectural shingles. However, the 50+ year lifespan, minimal maintenance, and potential insurance savings make them a sound long-term investment for North Texas homes. Contact DFW Roofers today to explore premium shingle options and learn just how much value they can bring to your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is better, 3-tab or architectural shingles?

Which is better, 3-tab or architectural shingles?
Neither option is universally better; the choice depends on your needs. 3-tab shingles are economical and quick to install, while architectural shingles offer durability, longevity, and design flexibility. Consulting with DFW Roofers can help you make an informed decision.

How long do 3-tab shingles last?

How long do 3-tab shingles last?
The average lifespan of 3-tab shingles ranges between 10 and 20 years, with variations based on the environment and weather conditions.

Are architectural shingles worth the extra cost?

Are architectural shingles worth the extra cost?
Yes, architectural shingles justify their higher cost with increased durability, longevity, and resistance to extreme weather conditions. They provide a solid investment for regions prone to high winds and other adverse weather.

Are 3-tab shingles cheaper than architectural shingles?

Are 3-tab shingles cheaper than architectural shingles?
Yes, 3-tab shingles are more affordable due to their composition of lower-cost roofing materials. Additionally, they are easier to install, making them a cost-effective option.