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What are Architectural Roofing Shingles?

In recent years, enhancements to the dimensional shingle have resulted in a new generation of high-quality asphalt roofing products with distinctive, often dramatic, appearances.  With these advancements came a new name:  architectural roofing shingles.  Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural roofing shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made.
Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiber glass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt.  Recently, however, a new product has surfaced on the market, synthetic slate (such as CertainTeed's Symphony Slate).
Architectural roofing shingles provide stunning three-dimensional appearance.  Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate cedar wood shakes (such as CertainTeed's Presidential Shake TL and Presidential Shake shingles).  These shingles are quite thick with random slots similar to real shakes.  Another unique architectural shingle design imitates the look of slate (such as CertainTeed's Symphony SlateGrand Manor and Carriage House shingles) without the weight issues that normally accompany those materials.  These architectural roofing shingles do not require any additional roof support as slate would.
The products' random colors and textures better accent steep roof planes, turrets, and gables features of roofs.  Many product lines offer hip and ridge pieces (such as CertainTeed's Shangle RidgeShadow Ridge and Mountain Ridge) that highlight a roof's many sections and complement the shingle.
To learn more about CertainTeed's complete line of architectural roofing shingles, click on any of the links underneath the Helpful Resources section to the left.
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