Asphalt roofing shingles are the most popular product used to roof American homes, with four out of five homes having an asphalt shingle roof. Most asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of color and design options, but in terms of shingle type, there are chiefly three design categories: Three-tab (also called Standard or Strip shingles), Dimensional (also called Laminate or Architectural shingles) and Premium shingles. Let’s take a look at these three different shingle types:
Strip Shingles are the original and the most basic of roofing shingles available in the industry. Strip shingles are denoted by the fact that they are single layered roofing shingles that are generally designed to look like slate. Strip shingles have a very flat appearance on the roofline and are typically the lightest weight roofing shingles available on the market. Strip shingles used to be the predominant roofing shingle available and used in the market. Today, however, with significant advances in technology and consumer sophistication, strip shingles are used primarily by home builders manufacturing economy priced homes.
Dimensional Shingles are now the predominant roofing shingles installed in North America. These products are manufactured as dual layered products (or multi-layered in some instances) and provide a thicker and richer appearance on the roof (a multi-dimensional look). Dimensional shingles are also (typically) heavier in weight than strip shingles and usually have improved warranty protections, which can range from 30-years to Lifetime.
CertainTeed’s Landmark™ PRO roofing shingles are an example of a dimensional shingle.
Premium Shingles are usually described as laminated shingles that have a differentiated appearance from traditional dimensional shingles. These products may have designs that mimic “old-world” roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake shingles, to provide an enhanced aesthetic appeal. Some premium shingles are also manufactured as impact resistant which can protect the shingle from hail-storms and possibly extend the life of the roofing system.