Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common roof system in the United States. Their popularity is primarily due to their affordability and wide variety of colors and styles. Although tile roofs happen to be slightly more common in Arizona, shingle roofs are a great cost-efficient and aesthetically pleasing way to give your house a fresh look. They’re much more affordable than tile roofs. If you have a shingle roof or are interested in installing a shingle roof, read on below to learn more about this popular roof type.

Dimensional Shingle Roofs in Arizona

When you think of a shingle roof in Arizona, you might picture a roof with a relatively conventional and repetitive look to it. This repetitive look was commonly the biggest issue homeowners had with regular asphalt shingle roofs. With the emergence of dimensional shingles, also known as architectural or laminated shingles, asphalt shingle roofs can now be installed with an appealing three dimensional look.

Old 3 tab asphalt shingle roof, before replacement
New architectural dimensional asphalt shingle roof, after replacement

These shingles differ from their traditional counterparts by bonding two of the layers of material together. Random notches are also removed from these shingles, which exposes the bottom and produces the dimensional look by creating different highs and lows throughout the roof. The more traditional asphalt shingles have regularly spaced asphalt tabs, which results in the more common repetitive pattern.

Along with improved aesthetics, dimensional shingle roofs also offer increased protection from the elements. The double-bonded layer of material is to thank for this added durability. Some of the heaviest-duty dimensional shingle roofs can withstand up to 120 mph winds and also have a longer lifespan: 40 years versus the typical 20 of regular asphalt shingles.

Benefits of Shingle Roofs in Arizona

The added durability and lifespan of dimensional asphalt shingles are a major benefit to this kind of roof system. Below are some other advantages you can look forward to with a shingle roof in Arizona.


Roofs typically aren’t something people want to spend a significant amount of money on, so shingle tile’s affordability is a huge selling point. They’re easy to manufacture and install, helping cut down on their cost and make them one of the most inexpensive roofing materials you can choose today.

Easy Maintenance

As with any kind of roof, maintenance is key to getting the most out of it. Asphalt shingles are appealing in this category because they require little to no maintenance. With the toughest kind of roof going to tile shingles, an asphalt shingle roof is still resilient in our harsh desert climate. If an asphalt shingle is damaged, a reputable roofing company should be able to repair it easily and affordably.


One of the biggest benefits to choosing asphalt shingles for your roof is the variety of colors and textures you can choose from. The newer dimensional asphalt shingles are one of the most popular options today. These shingles also can be made to look like other more expensive materials, like slate, tile, or wood.

Simple Installation

Shingle roofs in Arizona are fairly simple to install, are flexible and sturdy, and work with a wide variety of roof designs. Many people choose asphalt shingles because the easy installation factor adds to their affordability and can work with almost any roof, regardless of weight restrictions due to their light-weight nature.

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