Laminate shingles are also known as “laminated architectural” or just “architectural” shingles. They are a type of asphalt shingle, but are built with a heavier base mat and multiple material layers of a more refined type of asphalt. The shingle tabs have different shapes and sizes, giving them a more dimensional appearance.
Because laminated architectural shingles are heavier than 3-tab shingles and have the strength of multiple shingles, they can withstand stronger winds and more intense weather conditions. 3-tabs are much more vulnerable to wind, and can sometimes even be ripped away during stormy conditions.
Due to their greater reliability, laminated shingles have warranties ranging from 30 to 50 years – or even a Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty in many cases!