Asphalt Shingles 101: A Guide to Architectural Shingles

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One of the hardest choices you’ll ever make as a homeowner during roofing installation or replacement is the material to use. There are many options available, from metal to tile. Although choosing a roofing material for your home is entirely up to you, our expert recommendation is that you choose asphalt shingles. And in particular, we recommend architectural shingles.

Asphalt Shingles 101: A Guide to Architectural Shingles

What Are Architectural Shingles?

Architectural shingles are one of the best roofing materials out there. They are one of two common types of asphalt shingles, the other being 3-tab shingles. Additionally, they are also called laminated or dimensional shingles.

How Are They Made?

Architectural shingles are made by laminating or bonding two or more layers of asphalt shingle. This is why they are also called laminated shingles. By having multiple layers, architectural shingles have greater strength and weather resistance. They can also be designed to look like other appealing roofing materials, such as cedar shakes or natural slate tiles.

How Do They Differ From 3-Tab Shingles?

3-tab shingles are the traditional type of asphalt shingles used before the ’80s. They are designed by notching every shingle three times, giving the impression of three shingles in one. On the other hand, architectural shingles have well-defined depths and cuts, giving them a thicker and heavier appearance. They are also more aesthetic and customizable, hence the term “architectural.” Nevertheless, both types are effective roofing materials that offer excellent wind protection and water resistance.

At Reynolds Roofing, we have over 20 years of experience working with asphalt shingles. We also offer a complimentary upgrade to architectural shingles when replacing your 3-tab shingle roof. Get in touch with us today.