Architectural Roof Shingles 101


If you’ve been doing a little research on shingles, you’re probably aware that there are a few categories under which most shingles fall. You have conventional shingles such as asphalt and fiberglass, and natural shingles made out of materials such as slate or cedar.

Conventional shingles are the most popular, owing in large part to their affordability. Natural shingles can get expensive, but they are rightly prized for their natural aesthetic and looks.

There is, however, another category of shingles of which you may or may not be aware: architectural roof shingles. Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural roof shingles are kind of a hybrid of conventional and natural shingles. They’re made out of the same materials as conventional shingles, but in such a way that they offer an aesthetic that looks like natural shingles. Learn more about architectural roof shingles in our blog.


Architectural roof shingles give texture and depth to your roof.

Architectural Roof Shingles


What are they made of?


Architerctural roof shingles are made of a heavy fiberglass mat base with several layers of water-resistant asphalt, in which ceramic-coat mineral granules are tightly embedded.

These granules give the shingle a unique texture and visual aesthetic that is not found in conventional asphalt or fiberglass shingles. This, combined with custom color configurations, allows manufacturers to mimic natural shingles with architectural roof shingles.

What are some natural shingles that architectural roof shingles can mimic?


CertainTeed is a manufacturer of architectural roof shingles that offers a variety of different styles. Not only do they mimic the natural material, they also can offer benefits that the natural material cannot. For example:

Symphony Slate – This shingle is designed to look like slate, but doesn’t have the weight problems associated with slate, which often requires additional roof support.

Presidential Shake – This shingle looks like a classic cedar shake, but because it doesn’t use real wood, it doesn’t have the moisture problems associated with real cedar.

Why should you consider CertainTeed architectural roof shingles?


Architectural roof shingles offer homeowners a great value. You get a more sophisticated look than with asphalt shingles and increased durability due to their construction. You can mimic a number of natural shingle materials and avoid problems that are common to these natural materials. All in all, architectural roof shingles are certainly worth considering if you’re looking for a new roof.

To learn more about architectural roof shingles from CertainTeed, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. We’ve been installing roofing in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated Contractor. Contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit ourwebsite for more information.