Published on January 15, 2021 by Jason Reisman

What are architectural shingles?

When it comes to Florida, there are quite a few roof types. Clay, slate, and asphalt are all common types of roofs. Types of roofing material have their pros and cons, but even within each type of roof, there are variations to choose from. Architectural shingles are just such a variety when it comes to roof types. So, what is an architectural shingle?

Architectural shingles

Architectural shingles are a type of asphalt shingles. What defines an asphalt shingle is that it is made of fiberglass that is put between layers of ceramic covered granules and asphalt. This creates a durable roof shingle that is water-resistant and able to deflect UV light.

Architectural shingles are one of the most common varieties of asphalt shingles used. Several qualities make up a roof tile: composition, aesthetics, wind ratings, and lifespan.


The composition is no different from other asphalt shingles, except that there is more material used. The increased density makes an architectural shingle heavier and thicker than other asphalt shingles. They also utilize a stronger adhesive and contain more granules on their surface than traditional asphalt shingles. The material, such as the asphalt, is also of a higher quality than standard asphalt shingles.


An architectural shingle has a dimensional shape, as opposed to the common flat look of other common asphalt shingle varieties. You can get architectural shingles that are made to appear like other thick types of roofing material such as cedar shakes or slate–all without the cost of added weight.

Wind Ratings

Florida can become a windy place. With all the thunderstorms and hurricanes that roll through the Sunshine State, roof shingles have to have high wind ratings–withstanding sustained winds year in and year out. Architectural shingle roofs are no slouches, being able to withstand winds of up to 120 mph!


A roof should be made to last and an architectural shingle roof is capable of doing just that. The average lifespan of an architectural shingle roofing can range from 20 to 30 years. This is thanks to the high-quality material and general durability of the shingles.

Architectural shingles are a little more upfront than traditional asphalt shingles, but their quality and durability are uncompromised by comparison.


Now that you know what it takes to be a roofing specialist, you should give a call to the go-to Leesburg roofer, Eustis Roofing. We are proud experts who provide quality work and use the best materials. Whether damages from storms or the ravages of time, we are capable of helping you with any of your roofing needs.

Some of our services include:

• Shingle Roofs
• Specialty Roofs
• Roof Inspections
• Roof maintenance and repairs
• Metal Roofs
• Flat Roofs
• Manufactured Home Roofs
• And more


If you’re looking for a reliable experienced roofing company that puts clients’ needs above all, give us a call at (352) 343-4240 or fill out our form to receive a free quote!

Jason Reisman

About The Author: Jason Reisman

Jason Reisman, ERC’s General Manager is a problem solver! Jason is hands-on with finding solutions to difficult problems as well as constantly researching, exploring new concepts, discovering new inventive ways and is passionate about being the most experienced, most knowledgeable and most dependable in the roofing trade. He’s hands-on with training and instruction ensuring every job have the up to date and state of the art equipment to perform with precision to be in and out without delays. Jason loves competing with his Dad on the golf course!