Architectural Asphalt Shingles for a Dramatic Katy Roof Replacement

Many people who are planning a Katy roof replacement are looking past conventional three-tab shingles and opting for the newest dimensional shingles instead. These are also known as architectural or laminated shingles. They have been popular for many years, but more stylish, attractive versions are getting a good deal of attention from homeowners.

The Difference Between Three-Tab and Dimensional Shingles

Standard three-tab shingles have three equally spaced asphalt tabs. This gives the roof an even, repetitive pattern. Dimensional shingles have two layers of asphalt or some other shingle material that have been bonded together to create a three-dimensional appearance. Dimensional shingles were developed in the 1970s. A Katy roofing company would install them on luxury homes because they had the performance qualities of asphalt but looked much more attractive.

Dimensional shingles have come a long way since they first appeared on Katy residential roofing projects. Now, they can be found in many styles, such as old world and Victorian. They are robust and give roofing a dramatic look. Some architectural shingles simulate tile or wood shakes. Several manufacturers have realistic-looking slate shingles that are far less heavy than real slate. Therefore, the building does not require additional roof support to have the luxurious look of slate. Decorative shapes and ornate colors are very popular. They can really make a house look unique. Different manufacturers use various names for their dimensional shingles, including the following.

  • Premium
  • Designer
  • Ultra-Premium
  • TruDefinition
  • High Definition


Dimensional shingles cost about 20 percent more than conventional three-tab asphalt shingles. They can last as long as 25 to 30 years. The higher end dimensional types have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years. How long a roof covering lasts depends on how well they were initially installed. Their double-bonded layer protects better against heavy rain and hail. Some versions can withstand 130 mph winds. They are less likely to warp and are better at concealing structural imperfections in the roof. They can be used on almost any type of roof with any pitch. They look so nice that some neighborhoods require them. Just like other asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles are susceptible to mold, mildew and algae because molds love to eat the organic materials in the shingles.

Paramount Roofing has been serving Houston and the surrounding area for over two decades. Give us a call at 713-748-4000 if you would like to discuss the newest dimensional shingles and how they can make your roof look fabulous. Our skilled technicians will explain the benefits and provide a free estimate.