What Are Architectural Shingles and Are They Right for Your Home?

Posted by Casandra Properties on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at 2:15pm.

In 2018, the asphalt shingle market was valued at $7 billion. It is expected to grow to $9.5 billion by 2025.

You're probably familiar with the typical 3-tab asphalt shingle. As one of the most common types of roofing in existence, you'll see them on homes all across America. They have been used for decades and continue to be popular as an economic yet durable form of roofing.

However, in the 1980s asphalt shingles were enhanced to create a new type of asphalt shingle. It eventually came to be called the architectural shingle. 

So, what are architectural shingles? Read on to learn all about them!

What are shingles

What Are Architectural Shingles?

Architectural roofing shingles are made by building up a fiberglass base with ceramic coated minerals embedded in asphalt. Several layers of the material may be applied to create the shingle. This creates a dimensional effect and some types of architectural shingles are laminated.

The resulting product is thicker, heavier, and more durable than traditional asphalt shingles. Furthermore, the extra depth and dimension of the shingle add considerably to the aesthetic of the architectural shingle roof. As light moves across the roof, the resulting interplay of light and shadows offers a 3D effect that creates handsome color variations as well.

Benefits of Architectural Shingles

Raised architectural shingles cost about 20% more than regular 3-tab asphalt shingles. However, the benefits are well worth the price for many people.


Not only do the shingles carry their own unique look, but also the shingles can be fashioned to mimic other materials. Imagine fire-resistant wood shakes or a slate roof that isn't so heavy and expensive. You can get these looks with architectural shingles. Both look remarkably similar to the material you are trying to mimic. You can tell if you examine it up close, of course, but how many people will be examining your roof?


Architectural shingles also last longer than regular asphalt shingles. As a heavier product, they can stand up better to winds of up to 120 mph and handle more rain and snow. 

They are very resistant to sunlight and you can count on your shingles to retain their color as they won't fade over time. The shingles are also treated to resist moss and algae growth, helping to keep your roof looking clean and maintained.

What's more, architectural shingles last longer overall than asphalt shingles. Depending on the manufacturer, warranties for architectural shingles range from 30-50 years, far longer than the average 20-25 years for 3-tab shingles. 


Taking the longevity of the product into consideration, architectural shingles are quite cost-effective. They may cost more upfront but will last longer, resulting in savings over time. Even if you don't plan to live in the home that long, they typically help increase the home's resale value for this very reason. 

Interested in architectural shingles for your roof? Click here to learn more about asphalt roofing. 

Topping It Off

So, what are architectural shingles? They are a great product with which you can top off your home. Not only are they handsome but they are also durable and cost-effective. 

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