Your roof is more than a structural component of your home. It’s also a major design element that has a big impact on your home’s overall aesthetic and curb appeal. When the time comes to replace your roof, you have an opportunity to boost your home’s appeal by choosing dimensional shingles.

What Are Dimensional Shingles?

Three-tab asphalt shingles were the preferred roofing material for decades, but their main drawback is a flat, two-dimensional appearance. In the 1970s, manufacturers introduced a new product – dimensional or architectural shingles – to give homeowners a more appealing asphalt roofing option that replicated the three-dimensional appearance of traditional wood shakes.

The contoured appearance of these shingles is easy to understand when you look at their construction. Three-tab shingles consist of a base layer topped with an asphalt coating and embedded granules.

Dimensional versions feature two or more layers bonded together, so they’re about 50 percent thicker, with real depth and texture. Today, roofing manufacturers offer a complete range of dimensional products, from basic two-layer “architectural” shingles to multi-layer “designer” or “premium” laminated shingles.

A Dimensional Roof Can Enhance Your Home’s Appeal

You’ll pay more for a dimensional shingle roof, but the extra expense is worthwhile when you consider the many aesthetic benefits of installing this type of roofing:

  • Stunning visual effects. Dimensional shingles are available that mimic the custom appearance of high-end materials like cedar shakes, natural slate and even clay tiles. With so many options, you can choose a shingle that’s a better match for your home’s architectural style, or you can give your home a completely new look based on your personal taste.
  • Extended color choices. Manufacturers offer dimensional products in a wide array of beautiful colors with enhanced shading and depth. To make the material match the subtle color variations found in natural materials, dimensional shingles often feature a mix of granule colors, or have multiple shades blended so the color changes slightly depending on perspective.
  • Long-lasting good looks. Dimensional shingles are thicker and more durable, so they’re less likely to break or curl and their good looks last longer. Most come with longer warranties as well, and you can choose a brand and type that has built-in algae protection so it resists the black streaks that can mar your roof’s appearance.

To learn how dimensional shingles can boost the aesthetics of your Canton-area home, contact us today at Victors Roofing.

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