Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material for a variety of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive they come in a variety of colors and styles, are fairly durable (some have been tested and have achieved a class IV hail rating), and can be easily repaired and maintained.
Common styles of Asphalt Shingles include:
Architectural shingles are considered high end asphalt shingles due to their quality and distinctive textured look. Architectural shingles are also known as three dimensional shingles or laminate shingles. They were introduced to the home construction market in the 1970’s in the continued effort to produce an asphalt shingle product that had the higher end quality look of slate or cedar wood shake shingles, without the negatives of breakage, insect damage, or weight. Today architectural shingles come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and warranties.
Three Tab Shingles were a common material used for roofing in the past, however many home owners who are looking to produce a new roof like the visual appeal of Archectural Shingles, along with the increased durability. Although archectrual shingles are a little bit more expensive for the product, they are more durable and therefore are the more economical choice.