Architectural shingles are something that most every homeowner would like to indulge in for their home rooftop, but many aren’t sure exactly what an architectural shingle entails and what is available for their particular style of house.
Architectural shingles are considered top-of-the-line roofing shingles. They have been around for some time, are considered thicker with a unique layered texture to them, and they are sometimes characterized as dimensional or laminate shingles. Architectural shingles are available in a wide selection of colors and patterns, and they have a much heavier granule coating, plus they are more resistant to the lift of windstorms. Their longevity is anywhere from 24-30 years and beyond.
In comparison, regular asphalt shingles have three tabs or flaps with grooves that come between each panel, and the shingles themselves run in flat rows that are even rather than layered or textured, like an architectural shingle. Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of anywhere from 15-20 years.
Current and more popular architectural shingles are comprised of a number of brands in varying dimensions and colors, and they include:
StormMaster Shake Shingles
Atlas’ StormMaster Shake shingles (wooden) are shielded by a Scotchgard protection factor that prevents the growth of algae, and they are further protected by an Impact Resistance durability rating that hinders warping, cracking and splitting. They are available in 9 colors and measure 393/8 inches by 14 inches with a 6 inch exposure.
Pinnacle Pristine Shingles
Pinnacle Pristine shingles are also an Atlas product that is Scotchgard protected, color preserved and able to repel black algae and just about anything else that could damage a roof. Wind protection, up to 130 mile per hour, is also included in a Lifetime Warranty for Wind. The shingles are available in 14 colors and measure 393/8 inches by 14 inches with a 6 inch exposure.
Landmark Pro Asphalt
Certain Teed’s Landmark Pro is a double layer, ultra performing asphalt shingle that is infused with a dynamic color technology. Max Definition color highlights the layers and enhances the shingle’s design and adds depth and elegance as well. Leaks and deterioration are literally eliminated and a strong warranty backs almost any associated shingle issue. The shingles are available in 20 colors and measure 13-1/4 inches by 38-3/4 inches.
Presidential Shake Shingles
Presidential Shake Shingles are another Certain Teed product. These luxury shingles duplicate a cedar shake look with the efficiency of fiber glass fabrication, and they incorporate the appeal and individuality of wood shakes, coupled with stability and durability. Their dimensional and distinctive appearance is enhanced through a complex tab design. The shingles are available in 12 colors and measure 14-1/4 inches by 40 inches.
Grand Manor Shingles
Grand Manor Shingles are yet another Certain Teed product. They are the choice for luxurious homes with roofs that are extremely steeped sloped, which provides for an extraordinary view from a number of angles. The tabs are randomly arranged with shadow lines, which give a depth and an aspect of natural slate. They are available in 10 colors and measure 18 inches by 36 inches.
Camelot Ultra Lifetime Designer Shingles
GAF Camelot shingles are a more affordable luxury shingle with a lower cost than wood shakes or slate. They are also high performance with Advanced Protection Technology incorporated within the shingles, which provides both protection for a roof and minimal use of natural resources. The shingles are available in 8 colors and measure 17 inches by 34-1/2 inches.
GAF’s Sienna Shingles are an alternative to regular architectural shingles and they add elegance to any roof. They are diamond shaped and are offered in color selections that are made to balance with the exterior of any home. The shingles are available in 4 colors and measure 173/8 inches by 40 inches.
Timberline American Harvest Lifetime Shingles
GAF’s Timberline American Harvest Lifetime Shingles are designed and made to harmonize with the exterior color of a home. They are an affordable collection that provides a modern architectural style, plus an updated color palette offers understated blends along with color contrast that bring depth and beauty to a roof. The shingles are available in 7 colors and measure 13-1/4 inches by 393/8 inches.
Royal Estate Limited Lifetime Architectural Shingles
IKO’s Royal Estate Premium Designer Shingles are a luxurious offering, which are comparable to the elegance of natural slate yet at an affordable price. Shingle colors are either bold or subtle and blend well with the style of any home. Royal Estate shingles are available in 4 colors and measure 40 inches by 13-3/4 inches with a 55/8 inch exposure.
Armourshake Limited Lifetime Impact Resistant Designer Shingles
IKO’s Armourshake designer shingles take the look of a wooden shake and make it adaptable to any rustic setting, whether city or country. The shingles have the look of a wooden shake roof with a Class A rating for fire resistance, and they have slight modifications and complex designs, which would be seen in cedar shakes that are fashioned by hand. The shingles are available in 5 colors and measure 373/8 inches by 18-1/2 inches with a 5-1/2 inch exposure.
Cambridge Collection Shingles
IKO’s Cambridge Collection Shingles provide a look of dimension as well as deep shadow bands that resemble wood shake production. They offer resistance to impact through IKO SBS modified asphalt that garners a Class 4 rating for Impact Resistance, and the shingles are extremely flexible and resistant to tearing. They are available in 15 colors and measure 407/8 inches by 13-3/4 inches with a 57/8 inch exposure.
Alaskan Scotchgard Shingles
Malarkey offers Alaskan Scotchgard Shingles in a standard three-tab shingle that is a polymer asphalt modified to provide maximum weather protection. With a Class 4 UL 2218 Impact Resistance rating, it can take the brunt of the worst in weather conditions. The shingles are also protected by a Scotchgard Algae Resistant Shingle Protector that brings assurance against algae damage and staining. The shingles are available in 11 colors and measure 13-1/4 inches by 398/8 inches.
Legacy and Legacy Scotchgard Shingles
Malarkey’s Legacy laminate shingle is another one that is polymer asphalt modified to improve weather protection. The Legacy shingle provides a tough barrier against extreme weather and has an Impact Resistance classification of UL 2218 Class 4. As an optional inclusion, there is a Scotchgard resistance protector against algae that aides in algae damage and staining. The shingles are available in 11 colors and measure 13-1/4 inches by 40 inches.
Windsor Scotchgard Shingles
Windsor is another Malarkey designer shingle that is polymer asphalt modified to increase protection against intense weather. It also has a UL2218 Class 4 Impact Resistance classification and includes the Scotchgard Algae Resistant Protector for shingles, which provides protection against staining or damage from algae. The shingles are available in 5 colors and measure 19-1/4 inches by 38-1/4 inches.
Corning TruDefinition Duration Designer Colors Collection Shingles
Owens Corning offers a world of color in their TruDefintion Collection. Their colors and contrasts go along with other exterior elements of a home, and a patented Sure Nail Technology provides for 130 mph resistance against wind. There is a limited lifetime warranty with these shingles, and they are available in 7 colors and measure 13-1/4 inches by 393/8 inches.
Owens Corning Devonshire Shingles are broad and sculpted shingles that are designed after natural slate, minus the cost and maintenance that can be incurred with slate. They are resistant to high winds, have a limited lifetime warranty and a ten-year AR warranty. Devonshire shingles are regionally available, come in 4 colors and measure 13-3/4 inches by 40 inches.
TruDefinition Duration Shingles
TruDefinition Duration Shingles are designed to provide both contrast and dimension to a roofline. SureNail Technology is incorporated, along with a nailing zone and Triple Layer Protection that provides fastener holding power. A Limited lifetime warranty is included as well as wind resistance and a regional AR warranty. The shingles come in 17 colors and measure 13-1/4 inches by 393/8 inches.
The PABCO name is trusted by both homeowners and builders who want value and variety in color selections. Premier laminated shingles bring both quality and highly rated performance in a shingle. They are available in 13 colors and measure 40 inches by 13-1/4 inches.
Heritage Vintage Shingles
TAMKO’s Heritage Vintage Shingles are laminated asphalt shingles with unusual cuts and angular lines that make a dramatic statement in their appearance, which definitely piques the interest of homeowners today. They like the vintage cuts that emphasize and replicate the look of wood shakes. Heritage Vintage Shingles are available in 5 colors and measure 17-1/2 inches by 40 inches.
Heritage Woodgate Shingles
TAMKO’s Heritage Woodgate shingles have a wider cut that produces a refined wood-shake look with added depth. Woodgate shingles also emphasize a shadow line that intensifies the rustic beauty of this shake-like shingle. Heritage Woodgate shingles are available in 6 colors and measure 13-1/4 inches by 393/8 inches.
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