Architectural and Designer Shingles

What Is A Designer Shingle?

Dimensional shingles provide an opportunity to customize your roof to fit with the style of your home.  Dimensional shingles, also known as architectural shingles, are thicker than other shingles and are used by many homeowners to achieve a unique appearance.  These shingles are also very durable and can last for 40 years or more.

Dimensional shingles are constructed by fusing together two asphalt shingles.  This provides a more three-dimensional appearance.  Sometimes this resembles a shake roof, but dimensional shingles have better fire resistant qualities.  Also, the material is thicker and provides added strength to the roof.

Architectural | Asphalt Shingles

  • Dimensional shingles are extremely durable.  They are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, including wind, ice and snow.  This material is also heavier and longer lasting than composite roofs.  When using dimensional shingles, you do not need to make structural improvements on your home, unlike with some heavy roofs.
  • Dimensional shingles allow you to achieve a shake wood effect without the fire hazard. In fact, some regions do not even allow shake roofs to be built because of the safety risk. A dimensional shingled roof is a better option for protecting your home against fire.
  • If you decide to install this type of roof, make sure to keep up with moss buildup.  Dimensional shingles are more prone than other types of roofs to have this issue.  You will want to make sure the roof has adequate venting to reduce moisture buildup.  Most roofing companies offer maintenance services to keep your roof in good condition.
  • Most dimensional shingles come with a warranty that will guarantee the product for 20 or more years.  Some of these warranties have specific conditions. For example, the homeowner may be required to have regular maintenance and moss removal on the roof.

As with any type of roofing, unless you have experience and all the proper tools, this is a job best left to a Minnesota roofing professional that is skilled in installing dimensional shingles and has the experience to do the job quickly and accurately

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