A NEW LOOK WITH ARCHITECTURAL 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 fiber glass 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 cedar wood shakes. These shingles are quite thick with random slots similar to real shakes. Another unique architectural shingle design imitates the look of slate without the weight issues that normally accompany those materials. These architectural roofing shingles do not require any additional roof support as slate would.
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.