Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are also called dimensional or laminated shingles. Like other shingles, they are made primarily from asphalt and fiberglass backing. They have a traditional flat layer with laminated strips on the top, which give them a textured, high-profile look. Granules or stone chips are adhered to the top to give the shingles specific colors and additional appearance of relief.


Generally architectural shingles are flexible, strong and are able to withstand moderate weather and temperature change. Because they are laminated, they are heavier and more weather-resistant than Three-Tab shingles or T-Lock shingles. If installed properly, they will withstand 120 mph wind.


Like any shingle, architectural shingles have a relatively short life. In Colorado, shingles can be expected to last from 12 to 20 years. Extreme weather and temperature changes, in addition to high UV, can cause shingles to age much faster than they would elsewhere.


Asphalt shingles are very susceptible to wind damage and hail damage. As shingles age, they become more brittle, and will become even more susceptible to weather damage. When shingles reach a certain age they will show all of the weather damage they have sustained over their lifetime.


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