Architectural shingles are high-quality dimensional or laminated shingles that add beauty to your roof. They are made from a fiberglass mat base with ceramic coated minerals that are embedded in water-resistant asphalt. Several layers of material may be used to create the shingles.

New dimensional shingles are also made from a synthetic slate that looks like real slate. The synthetic slate shingles weigh less and do not require heavy support. Other contemporary architectural shingles simulate cedar wood shingles. Unlike cedar, these shingles are fire retardant.

The shingles are thicker and offer different color variations to add three-dimensional light and shadows to the roof. They may be installed in different sizes and with complementary colors for certain home designs. They weigh more than the standard three-tab shingles that are often installed in a flat brick-work design.


Architectural shingles have 25-50 year warranties. They are more resistant to high winds up to 120 mph, rain and snow. Although Michigan does not experience hurricane force winds, we do get strong winter storms.The heavy architectural shingles hold up well in stormy weather and provide good roof insulation.
The shingles do not crack or break when exposed to harsh weather conditions or continued sunlight. They won’t fade and they are treated to resist algae and mold.

Cost Effectiveness

These raised shingles may cost about 20% more than flat three-tab shingles but they last longer and add more value to your home. They were originally designed for larger high-end homes, but they work on any building with a peaked or slanted roof.

They add curb appeal to homes that may be offered for sale. Home appraisals are higher when a new roof with the laminated dimensional shingles is installed.

All roof installations, inspections and repairs must be made by professional roofers who have the necessary safety equipment. Our roof installers receive special training from the material manufacturers. They are familiar with each product and the installation procedures.

Victors Roofing in Southeast Michigan installs architectural and designer shingles in homes in the Canton area. We offer a leak free guarantee. Contact us for more information on installing attractive architectural shingles to upgrade your roof and add to the value of your home.

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