What are Designer Shingles?

When replacing your roof, you are often only offered architectural or 3-tab as options. Little do most folks know that there are many other lines carried by each manufacturer. These other lines are known in the roofing world as "Designer Shingles"

For years, the market was dominated by 3-tab shingles that ranged from 20-25 years, in lifespan. Around 3 decades ago, architectural shingles were introduced and began to gain popularity. With more curb appeal and a longer lifespan, they slowly captured the market share originally held by the 3-tabs. Fast forward 30 years and architectural shingles are the majority of what you see on homes. The 3-tab and architectural shingles are still readily available from most suppliers. Unfortunately, these 2 options, are common, the only choices provided to a homeowner when replacing their roof.

This is where Designer Shingles come in. Designer shingles are meant to be unique. They totally change the exterior of a home. The manufacturing process is similar to that of other shingles. However, designer shingles are intended to be a different style, texture, layer and color than traditional shingles.

Advantages of Designer Shingles

Unique. Your home will look different than all of the neighboring houses around. Choosing the correct designer shingle from your home will complement the facade, exterior trim and even the landscaping Most designer shingles simulate the look of wood shakes or slate tile. This often requires that the manufacturer add additional layers to each shingle. This additional thickness provides three-dimensional depth, as well as extra weight. The weight of these shingles provides wind resistance superior to that of standard shingles.

Find a Contractor

These designer shingles are an easy choice when evaluating your options. The hard part is choosing a contractor competent enough to install these luxury shingles. The appropriate installation techniques will ensure you receive the maximum manufacturer's warranty, as well as get the intended lifespan of your particular designer shingle. This is where we can help! We offer design and consultation services that range from finding your contractor to providing all of the architectural details for each designer shingle.

Project Planner

Let us help you experience a new roof install in the best way possible! We provide you a qualified contractor, all installation specifications (English & Spanish), as well as a satellite imagery report with measurements.

Finance Options for homeowners

We will connect you with our approved lenders. The best fit for you will depend on the size and location of your project. Please fill out our roof information questionnaire to get started!


The warranties vary by the manufacturer. Some provide more coverage than others. We suggest reading through the different warranties available to see the differences such as the number of years, workmanship included, prorated period, etc.

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