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Architectural Roof Shingles

Architectural roofing is a popular choice for roof replacements due to its durability and elegance. If you are looking to replace your roof, it can be difficult to know which product is right for you and how to maximize your budget. This comprehensive guide to architectural roofing will provide you with valuable information to assist your decision making process.

Architectural shingles feature

About Architectural Roof Shingles

These shingles are a style of asphalt shingles designed to have depth and a highly dimensional appearance. This visual effect is due to their thickness, color, and the slightly varied shape and size of individual tabs. They look different from flat, 3-tab shingles which are designed with less visual variations, and are installed as entire strips, versus individual architectural shingles. This variety of roofing shingles started being produced in the 1980s with the breakthrough in industrial production of fiberglass building materials. They are still extremely popular for roof replacements because of their structural integrity and aesthetic appeal.


This shingle style is composed of a fiberglass base coated with asphalt and then built up with more laminated asphalt layers on top. The appearance is that of multiple traditional shingles stacked and industrially glued together. This type of production increases the definition and strength of the shingles, as well as giving each shingle a distinct shape. When many of these shingles are installed together on a roof, the varied shapes create a beautiful textured look.

Pros & Cons

  • Lifespan is typically a minimum of 25 years, with premium grades rated up to 40 years. 3-tab shingles last about 15-20 years.
  • Low maintenance, especially when compared to options such as cedar shakes or slate roofing.
  • Fiberglass shingles are lighter than slate, less flammable than wood, and less expensive than both.
  • Weigh 50% more than 3-tab shingles, making them more durable.
  • Greater hail resistance and wind rating than 3-tab shingles.
  • Generally installed with longer warranties.
  • Increase home values due to their upgraded safety factors and curb appeal.

  • All aspects that make these shingles an upgrade to 3-tab shingles also make them more expensive, however they are considered to be a valuable investment.


Brands differ in regards to the features of architectural shingles they prioritize in their production. CertainTeed’s Landmark line is made to closely replicate the look of cedar shakes and comes in various premium color options and grades, ranging from Landmark to Landmark Pro to Landmark Premium. GAF has engineered Advanced Protection® shingles that serve as a tough barrier against precipitation and remain flexible under the stress of gale force winds. The brand you choose for your roofing project will depend on the specific needs of your house.

Architectural Roof Shingles Cost

Pricing varies by brand depending on weather ratings and additional features, but a general price range is between $300 and $400 per 100 sq ft.

Here are the typical prices from popular brands, including installation:

Atlas Pinnacle Pristine Shingles - $300 per 100 sq ft
CertainTeed Landmark Shingles - $325 per 100 sq ft
Timberline HD Shingles - $350 per 100 sq ft

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