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Asphalt Shingles

Traditional Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are still the predominant roofing choice for the residential consumer in our market place taking better than 75% of the market. There are so many different asphalt roofing designs available today that a customer’s choices are almost endless, especially when you consider all the colors.

Variations range from standard 3 tab shingles that have been on the market for over 100 years to the laminated shingle or what is commonly referred to as the architectural shingle.

3-Tab Shingles

The most commonly used shingle for a residential roof of 2/12 pitch or more is the standard three tab shingle. We carry a variety of different colors and blends that can compliment any home. Low pitch roofs, 4/12 or less tend to give you a cleaner look with a three tab shingle. These come with 20, 25, and 30 year warranties with special five year labor and material warranties.

Unlike the three-tab it has laminated pieces to the top of the shingle giving it depth and shadow lines that are very attractive on the home. In the past ten years architectural shingles have dominated the market and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Architectural Shingles (Laminated Shingles)


In addition to styles, manufacturers are offering new reflective shingles that offer ways to cut attic temperatures and for a reasonable up-charge a homeowner can not only improve their look of roof, but will help out with energy costs as well.


Architectural Laminated Shingle

Recently, the laminated shingle has been becoming more popular. These shingles start with a three tab shingle and a separate tab of various shape is laminated to the top of the shingle giving it a more dimensional style. Although you can see more of the shingle on an 8/12 and higher pitch, many choose it for lower pitches as well. There is a wide variety of shingle styles and colors. They are no more reliable than three tab shingles, but do offer the opportunity to use the roof as more of a design statement. Warranties can be 30, 40, or Life-Time depending on the shingle.


Based in Naperville, Exterior Designers, Inc. provides exterior residential remodeling services, including roofing, siding, windows, and doors for Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, Woodridge, Aurora and the surrounding areas.