Dimensional shingles, also known as architectural or laminated shingles, are asphalt shingles with a layered, three-dimensional look. They are made by bonding two layers of shingle material together, with random notches taken out of the shingle to expose the bottom layer. This gives them a more unique and aesthetically pleasing appearance compared to traditional asphalt shingles.
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In addition to their appearance, dimensional shingles also offer more protection from wind and hail due to their double bonded layer. They also have a longer lifespan of up to 40 years, compared to the average 20 years for traditional asphalt shingles. They work on most roof types and pitches and are generally accepted as more aesthetically pleasing, so much so that some neighborhoods even require them.
However, there are a few cons to dimensional shingles. They are slightly more expensive, with the double layer adding an average of 20% to the cost. Additionally, they may be more susceptible to mildew and algae due to the notches.
If you’re interested in upgrading your roof to dimensional shingles, consider reaching out to Total Home Roofing. As the nation’s premier re-roofing specialist, they have extensive experience working with all types of shingle roofing for both residential and commercial properties.