According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, asphalt shingles have been the most popular residential roofing material in the U.S. for the past 150 years. In addition to coming in a wide range of styles and shades, they’re easy to install, durable, and require minimal maintenance. If you’re considering installing asphalt shingles, here’s an overview of the three main types.

3 Types of Asphalt Shingles to Consider for Your Residential Roofing Project

1. Strip Shingles

Also referred to as three-tab shingles, these are the most basic and inexpensive type of asphalt shingle. Made from a single layer of asphalt, they are flat and lightweight and typically last 12 to 15 years.

2. Dimensional Shingles

residential roofingDimensional shingles—also called architectural or laminate shingles—are the most commonly used. As their name implies, they have a more multidimensional look than their strip shingle counterparts because they’re made of two or more layers of fused-together asphalt. They’re also heavier and cost a bit more than strip shingles, but have a life span of 20 to 25 years.

3. Luxury Shingles 

Luxury shingles are the highest-quality residential roofing shingles you can find made of asphalt. They are thick, heavy, and designed to withstand the harshest of outdoor elements, including hail and heavy winds. Most manufacturers offer them with warranties of 50 years or more. In addition, they come in a variety of highly attractive finishes that mimic the look of higher-end materials, such as wood or slate. While they are more expensive than strip and dimensional shingles, they still cost less than pricey non-asphalt options.


To learn more about asphalt shingles and other high-quality roofing materials, contact the experts at Sandberg Contracting, LLC in McKinney, TX. For more than 20 years, this fully insured, family-owned roofing contractor has been providing top-notch services to both residential and commercial clients. Check out their website to learn more about their offerings. Call (972) 989-8100 today to arrange for a complimentary estimate. You can also visit their Facebook page to see photos of their recently completed residential roofing projects.