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September 30, 2022

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common types of roofing materials. However, there are several different types of asphalt shingles, including standard, dimensional, and specialty. Specialty shingles, also known as designer shingles, are the top-of-the-line shingles you could choose for your roof. Continue reading to learn more about specialty shingles and the most popular types.

Specialty shingles are the highest level of asphalt shingles, ranking above 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. The difference between other types of asphalt shingles and specialty shingles is the layers of asphalt on top of a fiberglass base. These layers of asphalt are what create the 3-dimensional look. The combination of the 3-D effect and different shapes gives specialty shingles the ability to mimic other shingle types, such as cedar and slate. To emulate these different shingle types, specialty shingles come in a variety of shapes and colors.

These specialty shingles offer the best of both worlds: great aesthetics and durability. The multiple layers of shingles provide premium protection to your home with impact resistance, high wind ratings, fire rating, and UV reflection to keep your home cooler. A few benefits of these elements are the long lifespan of your roof and lower energy costs.

This duo of high-quality designs and sturdiness does come at a premium price point. However, if these attributes are important to you for your roof, specialty shingles are worth the additional investment.

If you're considering utilizing specialty shingles for your roof replacement, you need to know the most popular types that are on the market.

Owens Corning TruDefinition® Duration Max®

The TruDefinition® Duration Max® shingles are specialty architectural shingles that are specifically designed to give the look of cedar shake shingles. They come in a wide variety of colors to fit your curb appeal dreams to a tee. A few benefits of these shingles are algae resistance protection for up to 10 years, a high wind rating of up to 130 MPH, and a limited lifetime warranty.

Owens Corning Berkshire®

Berkshire® shingles mimic the style of slate shingles with the thickness, proportion, and color selection but with the durability of specialty architectural shingles. If you love the look of a slate roof but your home can't bear the weight of slate shingles, Berkshire® shingles are a great option for you. In addition, the wind rating of 130 MPH, 15-year algae-resistant protection, and limited lifetime warranty make these a safe option for your home.

Owens Corning Woodcrest®

Woodcrest® shingles are also specialty architectural shingles that also provide the rustic appeal of wood shake shingles. These shingles are the perfect mix of visual appeal with a variety of colors, Class A fire resistance, and durability. A wind rating of 110 MPH and algae resistance protection make Woodcrest® shingles a great option for your roof.

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Ready to replace your roof with specialty shingles? Our team at Roof It Forward can provide a roof replacement quote through a free roofing inspection. We will go through any concerning areas of your roof, any repairs that could be necessary prior to replacement, and the associated costs. We are here to walk you through the entire roof replacement process. Schedule your free roofing inspection and quote today!


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