If you’re not familiar with the term “architectural shingle”, then you might have heard of it being referred to as laminated or dimensional shingles. Most architectural asphalt shingles today are made with a fiberglass base, but in addition to the many benefits of fiberglass shingles, architectural shingles also feature:
- Lamination – Each architectural shingle is made of two laminated parts stuck together with a strong adhesive. This increases its durability and resilience. This also allows the shingle to stand up against winds of up to 120mph. Standard or ordinary shingles are rated for winds of only up to 80mph.
- Durability – Architectural shingles are generally a bit heavier than the other types of shingles, but this increases the durability of the shingle. The asphalt used in this type of shingle is also stronger than that used on other types.
- Design – If you’re yearning for a roof with a bit more character, then architectural shingles are the perfect choice due to their three-dimensional design.
- Life expectancy – Architectural shingles have a life expectancy of up to 50 years or more when properly maintained and with less exposure to harsh environments.
- Easier to install – Architectural shingles are generally easier to install than other types. Because of this, installation costs are cheaper.
- Can imitate other roofing materials – Manufacturers like CertainTeed manufactures architectural shingles that mimic the look of other roofing materials, such as cedar shake and slate. Because of this, the shingles can do a lot to help improve your home’s curb appeal.
In this 3-part series, we discussed everything you need to know about the different types of roofing shingles, so you can make an informed decision on which type you would want for your home. It’s also best to consult your trusted roofer to know which exact type fits your preferences in terms of design, quality, and cost.