The Value of Architectural Shingles for Florida Roof Replacements

May 8, 2024

Did you know that architectural shingles are the most popular roofing material across all of North America? 3-tab shingles used to dominate the roofing scene, but thanks to new advances in roofing technology, homeowners are raving about architectural shingles. But are these asphalt shingle roofs all they’re cracked up to be?

We’re PITCH Roofing, your local roofing partners. Our team of veteran roofers has seen it all across their years of Florida roofing experience, so we know how strong a roof needs to be to survive Florida’s weather. Since we want you to make an informed decision about your roof, let’s discuss what you need to know about architectural shingles!

Architectural Shingles’ Composition and History

Architectural Shingles’ Composition and History

When it comes down to it, architectural shingles are pretty simple and straightforward. They’re made with a fiberglass backboard for support and stability and then coated in asphalt for durability and waterproofing. Finally, manufacturers coat the shingle in protective mineral granules.

In theory, this is identical to how old 3-tab shingles used to work. But when architectural shingles hit the market in the 1970s, they came with some pretty big changes.

For one thing, architectural shingles are made with thicker layers of asphalt and fiberglass. This gives them more heft and strength, which really matters when a hurricane is raging around your home. It also makes them less likely for heavy rain to soak through your shingle roof.

Architectural shingles also have distinctive visual features. 3-tab shingles were known for their flat, segmented appearance. But architectural shingles have a distinctive pattern that creates the illusion of depth and dimension on your roof. For this reason, they’re also sometimes called dimensional shingles.

This covers the basics of architectural shingles, but there’s still more you need to know before deciding on a roof replacement material. For that, we’ll have to look at the protective features of these asphalt roofing shingles.

How Architectural Shingles Hold Up in Florida

Architectural shingles are popular across the US, but can they stand up against Florida’s weather? It’s no secret that roofs down here have it especially rough between hurricanes, UV exposure, and pests. Let’s see if dimensional shingles are up to the task of handling all of these dangers!

How Laminate Shingles Resist Water

Architectural shingles are also called laminate shingles thanks to the ceramic coating on each shingle, and this matters a lot when it comes to keeping your roof dry and secure. This laminate creates a water-resistant barrier to prevent rain from soaking through your shingle. Add on all that water-resistant asphalt and architectural shingles have very little to fear even from heavy downpours.

As a result of this great water protection, architectural shingles are also highly resistant to pests and mold, which often result from waterlogged shingles. By keeping your shingles dry and sturdy, these protective measures guard against much more than just rain!

Staying Strong in the Sunshine State

Many people are surprised to learn just how bad the sun is for your roof. It’s inescapable in Florida, but over time the sun will cause shingles to dry out and crack. This makes the damaged shingles all but useless in defending your home.

But remember those protective mineral granules we talked about? By packing them tightly onto each shingle, manufacturers greatly increase the UV resistance of architectural shingles. This means that your shingles will deflect some UV rays away from your home, protecting themselves and your roof as a whole.

With many different color options, you can even increase these UV-reflective properties. All you have to do is pick a light-colored shingle and enjoy the cooling effects of your new shingle roof!

Mitigating Hurricane-Force Winds

In Florida, storms with high winds are just a fact of life. Even without the occasional hurricane, tropical storms can reach winds up to 73 mph. Thankfully, architectural shingles are more than up to the task of withstanding these winds.

Most architectural shingles come with a wind rating between 110 and 130 mph. For context, 130 mph wind speeds are equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. So while your roof will not be immune to high winds, it will be able to withstand even major hurricanes without issue.

If the winds exceed 130 mph, that doesn’t mean that your roof is going to blow away. However, you could lose some shingles in the storm. If this happens, you will need shingle roof repair services to install new shingles and make sure there’s no lingering water damage to your decking. That’s why, with any type of shingle roof, you should get a roof inspection after major storms!

Long-Lasting Durability

With all these protective features, you’d be right to assume that an architectural shingle roof will last you a long time. Older 3-tab shingles can only withstand Florida’s weather for about 15 years. But architectural shingles average 20-25 years of life, even in Florida.

For a shingle roof, that’s a very respectable lifespan. It’s certainly not as long as luxury roofing materials like metal roofing or tiles, but for this low of a price point, you will not find a better, longer-lasting roofing material.

With that in mind, it’s about time we talked about how much architectural shingle roofs cost in Florida.

Cost of Architectural Shingles in Florida

Cost of Architectural Shingles in Florida

At Pitch, we understand that affordability is important. And if you’re looking for a budget-friendly shingle roof replacement, there is no better option than architectural shingles. In addition to their great protective features, these shingles come with very low manufacturing and installation costs.

So how much are they, exactly? It’s impossible to calculate the cost of your roof replacement without knowing the specifics of your roof’s situation. That said, architectural shingles generally cost between four and seven dollars per square foot. So if you had a 2,000-square-foot roof, then your new architectural shingle roof costs would be between $8,000 and $14,000.

The only roofing material cheaper than this is 3-tab shingles, which most reputable roofers have stopped using because of their poor performance in Florida. So if you want a high-value roofing system that won’t cost too much, architectural shingles are by far your best bet.

Get Your Free Architectural Shingle Roofing Estimate

When you want a roof replacement on a budget, architectural shingles are the answer. But don’t feel like you have to jump into any major decisions right away. The next step isn’t starting your roof replacement — it’s getting your free estimate.

And thanks to Pitch, it’s easier than ever to get a comprehensive roofing estimate that doesn’t leave any hidden fees. Just call us at 727-607-4280, schedule your in-person appointment online, or sign up for an online-only roofing estimate. We provide all these options to make sure you get an estimate that works for you on terms that keep you happy and comfortable!

Even a low-cost architectural shingle roof replacement is a major investment. So don’t just trust the first roofers you find. Instead, give Pitch a chance and let us earn your business through our experience and unbeatable customer service!

Last Updated:May 31, 2024