Dimensional shingles, sometimes known as architectural shingles, are an alternative roofing material that are designed to provide a three dimensional appearance to your roof. Unlike regular shingles, dimensional shingles have multiple layers of a material (usually asphalt), giving them a three dimensional, irregular appearance when placed on your roof. The thicker construction of dimensional shingles carries with it a number of benefits. Understanding what dimensional shingles have to offer can help you decide whether or not they are the right fit for your home.
The Benefits of Dimensional Shingles
Durability: The increased thickness of dimensional shingles when compared to traditional shingles translates into an increase in durability, which means that dimensional shingles are better suited for resisting physical trauma and damage that may occur due to prolonged weather exposure.
Insulation: The greater thickness of dimensional shingles also translates into better insulation, as there are more layers of asphalt on the roof of your home. This helps prevent temperature from leaking out of your home, and reduces the amount of sound that can seep into your home, which can be a huge benefit if you live in a particularly high traffic area.
Fire Resistance: Dimensional shingles provide a degree of fire resistance due to their increased thickness. Asphalt does not burn very easily, especially when compared to wooden roofing options, and thicker asphalt shingles will take greater heat exposure to burn. This can help slow the spread of a fire, giving you and your family valuable time to escape, an important safety consideration, especially in hot and dry climates.
Wind Resistance: The increased weight of dimensional shingles means that they are much better at resisting intense winds than traditional shingles are. This means that fewer shingles will be pulled off or loosened during storms, translating into fewer repairs and replacements that you will have to perform. This is an important consideration for homeowners in coastal areas, or wherever there are intense winds and storms. This will help save you both time and money in the long run.
Aesthetic Appeal: Last but not least, the main draw of dimensional shingles is their aesthetic appeal. They provide a three dimensional, textured appearance to your roof, resembling wooden shakes (which are rough cut roofing materials that provide a rustic and artistic aesthetic to a home) while providing the benefits of asphalt roofing materials. This can help differentiate your home from your neighbors', and increase your overall curb appeal.
If you're looking to update your roof with dimensional shingles, consider contacting a local roofing specialist, such as General Roofing, to discuss whether or not this is the right roofing material for you and your home.