Asphalt shingles come in virtually any shape and style. While this gives homeowners the flexibility to choose the right shingles for their roof, some people may find the amount of choices overwhelming. In today’s post, the residential and commercial roofers at Arrowhead Roofing help make your roofing selection easier with this guide to the different types of asphalt shingles.
Fiberglass or Organic?
You’ll likely come across the terms “fiberglass” and “organic” when looking at asphalt shingle options online or when in consultation with a roofing contractor. Both refer to the asphalt shingle backing material. Fiberglass shingles are made from flexible fiberglass sheets, while organic shingles are made from recycled paper and purple fabric. The latter is more absorbent and typically has higher asphalt content, making it more rigid but also more waterproof.
The Three Types of Asphalt Shingles
Roofing contractors offer three types of asphalt shingles, which may be named or branded differently depending on the manufacturer. When choosing among these types of shingles, carefully consider their expected lifespans, maintenance requirements and warranty coverage.
Three-tab asphalt shingles are also known as “strip” shingles. These are generally considered the most basic and affordable type of asphalt shingle. They’re not necessarily entry-level, though. A properly-maintained standard three-tab shingle roof can be expected to last 20 years. The color selection is usually limited to neutral and solid colors.
Laminate shingles, also known as architectural or dimensional shingles, feature two layers of shingles laminated together. The top layer is typically cut asymmetrically to create relief that mimics wood shakes. Since laminate shingles are twice as thick as standard shingles, they’re typically less susceptible to punctures and impact damage. They also have a wider selection of colors, including custom “blends”.
Premium shingles are sometimes sold as luxury or designer shingles. These are laminate shingles with “premium” features like profiles that look like tile, slate or scales. They also feature more complex color selections, longer lifespans and extensive warranties.
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