Guide to Dimensional Shingles


Dimensional ShinglesLooking for beauty and durability on a budget? Dimensional shingles might be the choice for you. Known for good weather resistance and attractive designs, this alternative to flat shingles continues to grow in popularity.

Choosing the right shingle type for your roof can help protect your home, improve curb appeal, and increase the value of your property. This short guide will help you understand the benefits of dimensional shingles so you can make the best choice for protecting and beautifying your home.

Dimensional Shingles vs. Strip Shingles

Asphalt shingles, by far the most common roofing material, come in three types: strip, dimensional, and luxury.

Strip shingles have three regularly spaced asphalt tabs that are arranged in a single layer. The thinnest of your shingle choices, they are light-weight and give a flat appearance. Strip shingles are usually the most inexpensive roofing option and come in a limited variety of colors.

Dimensional shingles are layered and their thickness and depth make them look more like slate or shake. They are thick, heavy, extremely durable and wind resistant. Dimensional shingles come in many sizes, shapes, textures, and colors — offering a variety of design options.

An energy efficient roof might only be 5 – 10 degrees hotter (instead of 50 – 100) than the outside temperature, making it easier to achieve a comfortable temperature inside your home. With an energy efficient roof, you can:

Luxury shingles are also multi-faceted, but offer a higher grade of material and appearance. Learn more about the types of asphalt shingles.

Are dimensional shingles right for you?

As a structure that dramatically affects the value, protection, and look of your home, choosing the right roofing material is an important decision. Consider these factors when deciding if strip, dimensional, or a different option is the right fit for your home and budget. Dimensional shingles offer:

  • Longevity and Warranty – Thick material and double-bonded installation mean a long lifespan and long warranties.

  • Durability – Dimensional shingles will stand up to high winds, rain and snow

  • Impression and Curb Appeal – Color and design options offer a unique high-end look without the cost and hassle of options like slate or wood.

  • Home Value – The multi-dimensional look and durability help raise the value of your home.

  • Cost Effectiveness – Dimensional shingles have a greater upfront cost than strip shingles but better durability, longevity, and home value will save money in the long run.

Interested in exploring the different design options offered by this versatile shingle style? Try out CertainTeed’s ColorView® home exterior visualizer tool.

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