First, let us explain that roof shingles are rectangular flat shapes made up of metal, plastic, wood, slate or composite materials like asphalt that are vital to the overall appearance of your home. Probably the easiest way to describe what roofing dimensional shingles are, is they are basically upgraded asphalt shingles. The difference between traditional 3-Tab and dimensional shingles are the 3-D appearance instead of the customary repetitive pattern. Both types are protected from the weather by a layer of granules on the top giving your roof durability. 3 Tab shingles are more likely to blow away in our Colorado windy environment, which is why we no longer use them. A lot of insurance companies will give you a discount if you buy an impact resistant or storm single.
For fire safety reasons, wood shake shingles are no longer allowed in Colorado Springs, but we can still achieve the look of shake through a thicker asphalt shingle. The City of Colorado Springs banned new wood roofs in 2002 after the Hayman fire. One of the companies we work with, Decra, is even offering a metal shingle that has the illusion of shake. The weight of your shingle is very important in Colorado Springs.
Dimensional, also known as architectural or laminated shingles, generally offer a longer lifespan. They are more wind resistant and are less likely to warp. Many consider them more aesthetically pleasing to the point where some neighborhood HOAs are actually requiring them from homeowners. More options are becoming available to the public with each passing year from color to sizes. For instance, Owens Corning announced their 2017 color of the year is Sedona Canyon. You can read the article here: https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing/design-inspire/color-of-the-year
There is generally a minimal cost to upgrade your residential roof to designer shingles. How many shingles your roof will need is based on the overall roof area size and will be detailed in the written estimate you will receive when we do a FREE thorough roof inspection of your property. The inspection will also cover your gutters, siding and windows as needed.
If your roof is old and in need of repair or replacement, imagine how these dimensional shingles will look on your home. In 2017 we are celebrating our 20th year of proven, reliable roofing in Southern Colorado. Remember, when Front Range Roofing & Siding does your roof in El Paso or Teller County, our services are backed by the manufacturer and our company warranties, giving you peace of mind.