Roofing involves many different types of shingle designs and materials to create the desired appearance and protection for your home. A little research will help you understand the different types of roofing options you have available for your home. Below are the most common styles and materials. You can also view our selection of roofing products.

Different Types of Shingles

3 Tab Shingles:

Giving a less dimensional effect to your roofs looks, 3 tab shingles traditionally are also thinner which contributes to the less dimensional look. Normally since these shingles ARE thinner, it effects the length of the warranty.

Dimensional Shingles:

Also commonly referred to as architectural or laminated shingle, these are a very popular choice for roofing.  These shingles often have 30+ year warranties and because of popularity have many different styles to choose from.

Premium Shingles:

Premium shingles may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but, these are normally shingles with more design and material improvements. Some premium shingle improvements may include being double lamanent, fiberglass reinforced or adhesion. Premium shingles usually have a longer warranty because of these improvements for longevity and durability.

Impact Resistant:

Like their name says they are more resistant to impact than traditional shingles. Many of these shingles are tested at high wind speeds to ensure the best resistance to hail and other impacts. To be “impact rated” these shingles are tested using the UL 2218 standard, which includes impacts from a steel ball at various locations. These shingles are recommended for homes in areas that storms or higher impact debris is more frequent.


While giving a beautiful rustic look, roof shakes are usually a less popular options because of their traditional cedar or wood construction. Today, shakes are a style easily replicated with more durable and long lasting materials like fiberglass. This significantly lowers the maintenance and still delivers the shake appearance.


Typically built from clay, tile roofing is great for helping to insulate your home while creating a beautiful appeal. Tile roofing can be incredibly resilient to harsh weather and with recent improvements to combining alternative materials they have also become a lighter alternative. This helps to lighten the weight of the tiles to reduce the need to reinforce your roof’s construction.

To learn about your options for roofing shingle styles, reach out to National Home Improvement today.