Laminated asphalt shingles are an increasingly popular option for new homes or roofing replacements.
You may also hear them referred to as “dimensional,” “architectural,” or “multithickness” shingles.
Essentially, laminated asphalt shingles have the same material composition as multitab cutout shingles—a sandwich of asphalt, base sheeting of felt or fiberglass, and granular coatings. However, the important difference is that instead of a single shingle layer, two layers are bonded together to create a three-dimensional appearance. The top layer has wide, randomly sized notches, and it overlays a staggered, unnotched bottom layer. The effect of this lamination treatment helps mimic the natural inconsistencies of a cedar shake or slate roof.
Laminated shingles are no more difficult to install than three-tab shingles, and the same installation methods apply. The random pattern can even reduce overall installation waste because the pattern is more visually forgiving than the uniform design of three-tab shingles. Sections of shingle that would otherwise interrupt a three-tab pattern can still be used in a laminated shingle installation.
The added shingle layer makes laminated shingles heavier than standard three-tab shingles, but the weight difference isn’t critical; any pitched roof can accept them without special structural reinforcement. Laminated shingles are also thicker than multi-tab shingles, which gives them improved wind resistance and durability. As you might expect, they’re more expensive than three-tab shingles. The added thickness enables manufacturers to offer longer 30- to 50-year warranties, which can make them a better investment than three-tab shingles over the life of your roof.
Architectural shingles (also called laminated and dimensional) are installed very similarly to regular three-tab asphalt shingles, but they offer a more sophisticated appearance with greater visual depth. They also come with longer warranties than comparable three-tab shingles.
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The installation, repair or replacement of a roof is an investment in the value of your home, and the homeowner should be equipped with the most comprehensive information available before deciding which options to use. Building contractors such as United Restoration Colorado Springs, who specialize in roofing have expertise in the various roofing materials as well as knowledge of the local conditions in Colorado Springs and other areas in Colorado, United Restoration understands the climate and problems particular to the region. A consultation with United Restoration will provide you, the homeowner with an inspection report and an estimate on the required work. Contact us today if you think your roof needs repair or replacement, the sooner you do, the better off you’ll be.