Architectural shingles also known as High Definition Shingles are thicker asphalt shingles designed to look like slate, cedar, clay tile and other natural materials. Using architectural roof shingles is less expensive than using natural roofing materials, but more expensive than regular asphalt/fiberglass shingles. Architectural Roofing Shingles also provide more dramatic shadow lines and mimic the look of natural roofing materials they mimic.


New housing designs often feature dramatic roof-lines, turrets, and gables and architectural roof shingles can complement the look. Most architectural roof shingles are made of layers of heavy fiberglass or asphalt as the base/core layers. They are normally made of 2 to 3 layers of these laminated materials. Then mineral granules are used on top for texture and visual interest.

Architectural roof shingles come in a variety of styles. New synthetic slate shingles are made from composite material molded to mimic slate’s texture, dimensions and look. Synthetic wood shakes also mimic the look and dimensions of cedar wood. Architectural roof shingles also come in a wide range of colors, making them very versatile. 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 “square” (100 sqr ft)

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Architectural Shingles

TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles are specially formulated to provide greater contrast and dimension to any roof. Through the use of multiple granule colors and shadowing, TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles offer a truly unique and dramatic effect. The exclusive combination of color and depth is what makes TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles like no other.

TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles are available in popular colors with bold, lively contrast and complementing shadow lines for greater dimension. They feature a Limited Lifetime Warranty (for as long as you own your home)*, 130-MPH Wind Resistance Limited Warranty*, and an Algae Resistance Limited Warranty.* Beyond the outstanding curb appeal and impressive warranty coverage, they also come with the advanced performance of SureNail® Technology.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural Shingles

Architectural Shingles – Cedar Shakes: Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate cedar wood shakes (such as CertainTeed’s Arcadia Shake® and Presidential Shake® shingles). These shingles are quite thick with random slots similar to real shakes.

Architectural Shingles – Slate: Another unique architectural shingle design imitates the look of slate (such as CertainTeed’s Belmont® , Grand Manor® and Carriage House® shingles) 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 the steep roof planes, turrets, and gable features of roofs. Many product lines offer hip and ridge accessory shingles (such as CertainTeed’s Cedar Crest®, Shadow Ridge® and Mountain Ridge®) that highlight a roof’s many sections and complement the shingle.

Architectural Shingles

 GAF Lifetime Designer Shingles

Affordable Luxury… are only a fraction of the cost of traditional slate or wood shakes
• Sophisticated Designs… Artisan-crafted shapes combined with dimensional designs result in a sophisticated beauty unmatched by typical shingles
• Custom Color Palettes… Specially formulated color palettes are designed to accentuate each shingle’s natural appeal
• High Performance… Designed with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which reduces the use of natural resources while providing excellent protection for your home


A majority of homes and houses in the US use asphalt shingling, and within that camp most shingles fall into two categories: the standard 3-tab shingles, and newer architectural shingles. Many older houses and mass housing use the 3-tab types, while many newer homes have made the change to architectural shingles, also known as dimensional or laminate shingles. Below are comparisons between the two types of product, so that you can figure out which type of shingles will be better for your project.


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