What Are Dimensional Shingles?
Just as 3-D movies and computer graphics have surged in popularity in recent years, so have 3-D asphalt shingles, which are better known as dimensional shingles and sometimes called architectural or laminate shingles. These shingles were developed in the late 20th century so that discerning homeowners could enjoy the dramatic appearance of cedar-shingle roofs with the superior endurance of asphalt shingles. As the name implies, dimensional shingles are primarily distinguished from other types of asphalt shingles—such as strip or three-tab, a type of shingle that produces a flat, two-dimensional roof appearance—by their rich textures. To create a striking 3-D effect, roofing manufacturers engineer their dimensional shingles with multiple layers of shingle material bonded together. The result is not only a roof that offers exceptional visual intrigue but also remarkable weather resistance and longevity.
Today, these gorgeous shingles dominate the residential replacement roofing market in North America. However, just as there are major differences in the quality of any asphalt shingles produced by different manufacturers, there can be a wide variation in the quality of dimensional shingles that are available for roof replacement projects.
At Advantage Roofing, a longtime roofing contractor serving homeowners in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, we’ve put our considerable expertise to good use in finding the best asphalt shingles on the market to install for our customers. We zeroed in on CertainTeed, one of the best-known and top-rated residential roofing manufacturers in the nation. The dimensional shingles in CertainTeed’s Landmark™ PRO line truly stand out from others on the market, both for their looks and reliable performance. So it’s no wonder that most of our customers choose these beautiful shingles for their homes.
The Allure of Landmark™ PRO Dimensional Shingles
With the Landmark™ PRO line, CertainTeed takes the textured appearance of dimensional shingles a step further with its Max Def color process. By adding a richer mixture of surface granules than you’d find in ordinary asphalt shingles, the manufacturer creates a depth of color that will draw admiring looks for decades. The selection of colors is also superb. It includes many shades of light and dark colors as well as earth tones so that homeowners can easily choose the best color to complement their homes.
Moreover, the beauty of these dimensional shingles is hardly skin deep. They’re exquisitely crafted with a fiberglass base for improved durability. In fact, they’re certified as meeting the toughest industry standards for quality and they feature:
- A Class A fire-resistance rating, the highest rating possible in residential roofing
- Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification for resistance to tears and damage from strong winds
- Resistance to damage from wind-driven rain that meets stringent Miami-Dade standards
- Extra protection against algae streaks that’s backed by a 15-year warranty
In fact, CertainTeed’s dimensional shingles are of such high quality that they come with industry-leading product warranties ranging from 30 to 50 years, depending on the options selected.
An Unbeatable Partnership
If you’re in the market for a new roof for your home in the Cincinnati area, you simply can’t do better than entrusting your project to CertainTeed and Advantage Roofing. As part of our commitment to excellence, Advantage Roofing has met the stringent requirements to become a CertainTeed ShingleMaster™ company. This means you can rest assured that we can help you select the best roofing materials—including dimensional shingles, if that’s your preference—to meet your individual needs, tastes, and budget. Then we’ll expertly install your roof so that it provides all of the advertised benefits from the first day onward. And, unlike many roofing contractors serving this region, we’ll match the manufacturer’s product warranty year for year with our own workmanship warranty.
Contact Advantage Roofing today to learn more about CertainTeed roofing materials, our best-in-class installation practices, and our financing options for qualified customers throughout the Cincinnati area.