Information about Asphalt Shingles Architectural & Specialty Shingles
Here are the major categories of asphalt shingles on the market today
Three Tab Asphalt Shingles
Three Tab Asphalt Roofing Shingles have been the economical choice of homeowners for many years. These roofing shingles meet general roofing needs, fire resistance standards and come with a standard warranty of 20 to 50 years. Three tab asphalt shingles are offered in a variety of colors to satisfy practically any style preference. They are also economical when it comes to repairing asphalt shingles or an overall re-roofing job.
Architectural Roofing Shingles
Architectural roofing shingles are high quality asphalt roofing products with distinctive, often dramatic appearances. They are also known as laminated or dimensional roof shingle and are among the highest quality roofing products made. These roofing shingles provide a three-dimensional appearance. Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate cedar wood shakes, and slate.
Specialty asphalt shingles mimic an “old world” style of shingles- such as natural shake, or slate. They have a different appearance from Strip Roof Shingles and Dimensional Roof Shingles. These roofing shingles have enhanced performance such as impact resistance and solar reflectivity that can extend the life of the roof and lower energy costs. Specialty roof shingles make up less than 5% of the total shingle market for one primary reason – cost. Specialty roofing shingles, in general cost more than a common dimensional roof shingle but there is a payoff. The average specialty roofing shingle carries a 50 year to LIFETIME warranty on the product. For the most part these roof shingles install just like dimensional asphalt roofing shingles. While there is a variety of designs available in specialty roofing shingles many specialty asphalt roofing shingles try to mimic nature. Most either copy the design of contemporary slate or wood shakes, there are however some unique designs by certain roof shingle manufacturers.