Architectural Shingles: Everything You Should Know

Recently, a new generation of high-quality asphalt roofing products with distinctive and often dramatic appearances has resulted from the enhancements to the dimensional shingle. These advanced shingles are called architectural roofing shingles or laminated or dimensional shingles. Architectural shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made, and you should consider them for your home to make it even more beautiful. Traditionally, architectural shingles start with a heavier mat base, typically fiberglass that has been coated with asphalt. Multiple layers are then overlapped and laminated together to create the distinctive texture. The finished product weighs about 100-lbs. more per 100 square feet of roof area than regular shingles.


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Although asphalt and fiberglass shingles are the most common roofing materials for residential homes, most realtors recommend upgrading to architectural shingles when it is time for a roof replacement because of the all-important curb-appeal boost it gives an older home. Architectural roof shingles are thicker asphalt shingles designed to look like slate, cedar, clay tile, and other natural materials, providing nearly limitless color options. If you have been looking for a way to get the upgraded look you want without paying for the high prices of natural roofing materials, then a slight increase in cost in shifting from regular asphalt shingles to architectural roofing shingles could be the perfect compromise.

Benefits of Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles provide a home with a more customized and awe-inspiring appearance because of their shape and depth. Although they are asphalt shingles, they have the appearance of other roofing materials. 

Second, performance is another important reason to consider architectural shingles. These shingles are manufactured differently from standard 3-tab shingles and are dependable in delivering greater longevity. 

Finally, there are actually some cost advantages to using architectural shingles. In most cases, the price of these shingles per square is actually more expensive than 3-tab shingles by 20-30%. Architectural shingles carry a longer warranty, keep their appearance longer, and wear less, then this could mean that they pay for themselves in less re-roofing over time.

Had a new roof and gutter guards on home and garage replaced 2 months ago. Very professional service and presentation. Contract presented along with license and insurance information along with paperwork showing carried workman's comp on employees. All work done within promised time frame. Perfectionism noted on completion of job and cleanup perfect. Employees very respectful and hard workers. Would recommend them and would use them again in the future if needed. Good job, thank you!

- Marie M.


We were very pleased with the overall job of Matt and his crew the day we got our new roof. Great work guys! Zack is a very good salesman and did a good job explaining everything to us. Thanks to all of you!

- Brenda C – Barnes, IL


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- Jerry & Helene B.


Excellent work for far less money than other estimates.

- Staci H. – Mason City, IL