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Timberline® Lifetime High Definition Shingles (Architectural style)

What are Architectural Roofing Shingles?

In recent years, enhancements to the dimensional shingle have resulted in a new generation of high-quality asphalt roofing products with distinctive, often dramatic, appearances.  With these advancements came a new name:  architectural roofing shingles.  Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural roofing shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made.

Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt.  Recently, however, a new product has surfaced on the market, synthetic slate.

Architectural roofing shingles provide stunning three-dimensional appearance.  Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate much more expensive slate or rugged wood shakes, such as GAF’s Camelot, Country Mansion, Grand Canyon and Grand Sequoia shingles. These architectural roofing shingles do not create the weight issues that normally accompany those materials, and do not require any additional roof support.

The products’ random colors and textures better accent steep roof planes, turrets, and gables features of roofs.  Many product lines offer hip and ridge pieces that highlight a roof’s many sections and complement the shingle.

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