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Types of Asphalt Shingles

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of roofing materials available on today’s market. When in doubt, consider a classic: asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are a reliable choice for almost any residential roof, offering affordability, durability, and aesthetic flexibility to match your home’s exterior. When it’s time for a new roof, there are three main types of asphalt shingles to choose from.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

Dimensional Asphalt Shingles

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) reports that dimensional asphalt shingles are the most popular asphalt shingle used today. Roofing professionals install these attractive, multi-layered shingles with at least two layers for extra durability. The durability of dimensional shingles contributes to better-than-average warranties, often lasting from 30 years to life. Finally, dimensional shingles are extremely attractive, with an appealing layered look and a wide variety of colors to match your home.

Keep in mind that these shingles typically cost about 20 percent more than standard three-tab shingles. However, they’re significantly less expensive than wood shakes, which have a strikingly similar classic appearance. If you enjoy the appearance of a classic slate or wood shake roof, ask your roofing professional about dimensional shingles.

Three-Tab Asphalt Shingles

First-time homeowners rave about three-tab asphalt shingles. These affordable, functional shingles offer great aesthetic appeal – and an equally appealing price tag. Three-tab shingles are also surprisingly durable, especially given how lightweight the shingles are. They’re installed in a single layer, making them extremely economical and lightweight. However, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice quality for simplicity. These shingles are constructed with a durable fiberglass base that is lightweight but still able to stand up to the elements. While they aren’t quite as ornate as architectural or luxury shingles, three-tab shingles are popular thanks to their even, uniform appearance.

This economical option is popular if you’re on a budget, but make sure to have your roof professionally installed to lengthen the shingles’ lifespan. This is particularly important with three-tab asphalt shingles because (due to their light weight) they can be prone to blowing off in rough weather conditions.

Luxury Asphalt Shingles

If you love the look of natural slate and cedar shake roofs but don’t love the price tags, luxury asphalt shingles may be perfect for you. Luxury shingles offer the attractive appearance of slate and cedar roofs at a fraction of the price. That’s pretty appealing for homeowners who may be looking for an old-school look without the serious investment. Like dimensional shingles, your roofing professional will install luxury shingles in multiple layers for unparalleled durability and an appealing multi-dimensional look. However, that extra weight is something to talk to your roofing professional about before you decide on luxury shingles. Heavy shingles are great at protecting your home from impact if you live in an area with volatile weather, but they can be impractical for certain home styles.

As with any major home investment, you’ll want to consult a professional before making your final choice.


Asphalt shingles are an excellent choice for almost any residential roofing project. No matter which type of asphalt shingle you choose, you’ll be investing in a roof that will look great while protecting your home against the elements. Just be sure to work with a roofing professional to make sure your shingles are installed correctly.

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