Different types of asphalt shingles

What Type of Asphalt Shingle is Right For Me?

If you are looking to replace your roof in the near future, you may be stuck wondering what type of shingle will be the best for your home. While the current style of your home might assist in your decision depending on the look you are going for, there are other factors to consider. If you are unsure what kind of shingles to choose, our roofing experts are here to help! This blog will discuss different types of asphalt shingles and their benefits and assist in your decision-making process.

What are Shingles?

Shingles are small segments of material used on top of all other aspects of a roof. The purpose of shingles is to help protect your house from the elements and is positioned on top of the underlayment, sheathing, and trusses. Each type of shingles comes with unique benefits.

Overview of Asphalt Shingles

Arguably the most affordable type of roofing material, asphalt shingles are composed of reinforcing fiberglass and are sold in multiple sizes and colors. These shingles are also waterproof, fireproof, and flexible to withstand the weight of snow and hail. The benefit of all types of asphalt shingles is that if they become damaged by high winds or age, they can easily be replaced one at a time instead of replacing the whole roof.

Types of Asphalt Shingles


Also known as “3-tab shingles” or “strip shingles,” traditional shingles are self-sealing, making for easy installation. For this reason, they are among the most affordable of all roofing types due to how easy they are to install. They are monotone, meaning every shingle will be the same color of black or brown and provide an aesthetically pleasing look. You can quickly identify these because of their simple, consistent appearance, as every shingle is the same rectangular shape and lays flat beside each other.


Organic shingles are the right choice if you are looking for an eco-friendly option. They are made up of natural materials such as wood fiber, cellulose, and waste papers that are saturated with asphalt and an adhesive coating of ceramic and salt. Due to the fact these shingles contain more granules and oil, they are more prone to fire damage. Although these are a better choice for the environment, they are not recommended for houses in areas with prolonged heat exposure.


Premium shingles or “designer shingles” are composed of two layers to give a more dimensional and premium appearance. This roof is made to mimic the look of other roofing materials, such as cedar shake or slate tiles. The benefit of these is achieving a unique look without the high cost and drawbacks that accompany the other options of roofs.


Going by many other names such as “dimensional” or “laminate,” architectural shingles are unique due to their composition. They are made up of two layers containing asphalt and fiberglass, making them thicker, which gives them an advantage against inclement weather. Today, these are the most popular shingles to install. Their unique look makes them easy to identify because each shape of shingle is different and installed in a “dragon’s teeth” pattern. The alternating areas of single and double layers in conjunction with intermittent darker layers add dimension, enhancing the look and style of the home.


Many shingles will qualify as performance shingles because they are shingles that have been designed with various performance benefits. Some features include wind and hail resistance or solar reflectivity, making your roof more energy efficient. Performance shingles also offer algae resistance, eliminating the threat of discoloration and stains.

Ask the Experts!

At Rooftop Designs we are dedicated to educating our clients about the best options for your home. For more information about when to install your new roof, call our experts at (855) 741-0575