Architectural roofing shingles are very popular. They provide stunning 3 dimensional appearance to your roof.. Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate cedar wood shakes and provide depth and dimension to your roof. Some architectural shingles are thick with random slots similar to real shakes. Another unique architectural shingle design imitates the look of slate without the weight issues that normally go with that type of material.
Architectural shingles begin with a heavier mat base, usually fiberglass that has been coated with asphalt. Several layers are then overlapped and laminated together to create the distinctive texture.
Regular shingles have an average 15 to 20-year life. Architectural shingle roofs typically have a 24 to 30-year life, with some super-premium architectural roofing shingles are rated for up to a 40-year lifespan.