Many homeowners use dimensional roof shingles and architectural roof shingles interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two.

If you want to figure out what shingle roof replacement is best for your home, you need to know how they are different.

What is a Dimensional Shingle?

Dimensional shingles were created in the 1970s and are made from fiberglass and other organic materials with asphalt added into the mix. They often have other minerals added to make them durable as well so they can stand up against the elements. Before these shingles came onto the market, t-lock and 3-tab shingles were the most widely used for shingle roof replacement. But the old shingles looked flat and had no depth. Roofers started to put layers of shingles in shapes on top of the first layer to add dimension, which started the idea of the dimensional shingles.

What is an Architectural Shingle?

These singles have evolved into different shapes, designs, colors, and even size over the years. The term dimensional is a category and architectural shingles actually fall into that category. They are, simply put, a fancier version of dimensional shingles. Most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference of the two types side by side.

Basic dimensional shingles are more uniform and have a pattern that repeats more often. Architectural shingles as a shingle roof replacement, on the other hand, have more of a random pattern and shape along with a custom installation, which makes them more expensive.

The best way to examine which is right for your home is to take a look at the two side by side. If you don’t care one way or the other or you can’t tell the difference, then you can go with the price that suits your budget.

Either type will give your home superior durability, a new look of depth, and a long-lasting protection against the Michigan weather elements. If you are ready to make a choice, contact Victors Roofing for help. We would love to help you make an educated decision about the best shingles for your home.

We can give you a free estimate with no obligations and help you get the best performance and longevity possible from your shingle roof replacement. We pay attention to the entire roof system so you don’t have to worry about a shingle roof replacement around gutters that might not operate well. We’ll inspect it all and let you know what really needs to be done to protect your home from the top down! Simply contact Victors Roofing with all of your questions and concerns.

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