It’s been the timeless advice that even reputable and experienced roofers in Calgary ABreputable and experienced roofers in Calgary AB recommend to homeowners: you can improve your property’s value by having a new roof. In addition, they often recommend using sturdy and reliable roofing materials such as metal and architectural roofing shingles to improve your roof’s lifespan and capability.

True enough, roofs complete the five protective barriers of a home. They’ll be facing the brunt of elemental and weather-borne threats, which makes architectural roofing shingles greatly vital in improving the long-term lifespan of the property itself. However, can architectural roofing shingles significantly increase a property’s value?

Here are a few things you need to know to help you make a remodeling decision as fast as possible.

Known Advantages

Architectural roofing shingles are exceptional Calgary AB residential upgrades. They improve the aesthetic and appeal of your property. Furthermore, they can last longer than the average asphalt shingle and offer a huge variety of colors and patterns.

Hedrick Construction has an excellent list of the many advantages architectural asphalt roofing shingles delivery. Learn more here.


The biggest benefit of architectural shingles, though, is their durability. They are sturdier and heavier than 3-tab shingles. Standard asphalt shingles contain a single layer of material on top of a fiberglass or cloth mat, while architectural shingles are made from multiple layers of material, refined asphalt, and granules laminated together. Due to their thickness and composition, they have a much higher wind resistance than traditional shingles. Some are able to withstand up to 120 mph winds, versus standard shingles that can typically resist only 60-80 mph winds. Architectural shingles also provide better fire resistance than standard composition shingles (helpful if lightning strikes your home) and are less susceptible to hail damage. This makes them perfect for Iowa’s unpredictable weather, all year round.


Unlike slate, tile, or stone roofing materials, architectural shingles are easy to cut and fit into corners and crevices. This makes installing them easier than many other roofing materials. Unlike traditional asphalt shingles, architectural shingles don’t need extra support built under them, so despite being heavier, they actually lighten the load on the roof. This makes them appropriate for a wide variety of ages and styles of housing, whereas some older homes may need significant shoring up before installing a slate roof. They can also be installed on high sloped roofs to enable water and snow to slide off easily—a bonus in the Iowa winters.


Can it Boost Property Value?

Now that you know how helpful architectural asphalt shingles are, it’s time to get back to the question at hand — can it boost property value? The answer is yes and no.

The truth: most property appraisers want to know about the average lifespan and performance of your new roof. In addition, they’re greatly interested in its capability to withstand rainstorms, hailstorms, and snowstorms.

However, there are two facets in how architectural roofing shingles help improve property value. The Nest Budgeting has an interesting perspective about it.

Some Exceptions to the Rule

By looking back at the original reasons that the appraisal is being performed, two main exceptions to this rule can be found. First, someone is purchasing the home with the architectural shingles because of the way it looks; such a person has put some value on the roof. Since an architectural roof does have a different look to it, the purchaser of the house has most likely valued the house higher. Also, a house with an ordinary asphalt roof in a neighborhood that has mostly architectural shingles will more likely be devalued by a purchaser because of the roof. So while the appraiser is not adding value because of the style of roofing, the purchaser more than likely has already made the adjustment.

Decision Time

Since architectural shingles do not add value to a home appraisal, what is the correct roofing choice? Three questions can be asked to help in the decision process. What kind of roof does the house have now? Keeping the same style of roof can be the simplest choice. What kind of roof is prevalent in the neighborhood? If there is a specific type that’s popular or the neighborhood is moving toward a certain direction in roof choices, that style of roof should be considered. Finally, what is approved for my neighborhood? Increasingly, homeowners associations are regulating the style and even color of the roof installed in a community. Check with the association any major decision is made. (Continued)

How to Make Sure Your Architectural Shingles Install Properly

Architectural shingles can last beyond the lifespan of an average asphalt shingle roof. In turn, it’s important to have it installed properly. Poorly-installed architectural shingles have reduced lifespan and protective capabilities because of bad installations.

If you have yet to find an excellent roofing installation service, you can count on us at No Payne Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about all we can do for you today!