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How Much Do Dimensional Shingles Cost?

Dimensional shingles are widely considered very attractive. Some neighborhoods and gated communities require them as a housing element for the purposes of construction and renovation due to this and do not allow basic flat shingles. Clearly, they’re a valued asset to any home. Now, see what they cost!

The Costs 

  • Highest Average Cost: $60 per bundle
  • Lowest Average Cost: $25 per bundle

A bundle of shingles contains approximately 33 square feet of coverage. Material and labor for roofing is most often priced by the "square," which is a 10' by 10' area of roofing coverage. A bundle of shingles will constitute approximately three squares. These costs only include dimensional shingles. Many other materials are required for a complete roofing job.

Differences in cost come from shingle composition and source. Shingles intended to provide a distinctive look by emulating slate or specific rich woods or by offsetting their material patterns will generally cost more. Most shingles are laminated for durability. While it is possible to purchase unlaminated shingles, they will require some form of sealant to protect them from the elements. Purchasing shingles on your own in bulk will usually allow you to claim a bulk discount from your supplier. Shingles will tend to cost more if purchased directly from a roofer.

Cost is considered a disadvantage of dimensional shingles over standard shingles. Dimensional shingles cost between 20% and 40% more than standard shingles.


Shingles are made from a variety of materials, including pressed paper and wood fibers, but they gain most of their weather-resistant properties from a layer of asphalt. Many different wood types are mimicked by dimensional shingles. Different varieties of shingles will provide different aesthetics and differing warranties, but all should be equivalent in function if the roof is installed correctly.

From an aesthetic perspective, genuine cedar shingles are considered an ideal luxury item. Dimensional shingles are intended to mimic the look of cedar shingles by being layered on the roof in the same fashion, but they use modern asphalt and laminate materials to remain weatherproof. The highest-quality shingles are designed to resemble cedar as much as possible in keeping with this tradition. Slate is a more modern choice. Some shingles are designed or painted to be different in shade in a varied pattern when installed, which can give a roof a more distinctive look. However, all of these shingles will be materially the same, distinguished only on their top layers from one another.

Most frequently, shingles imitate woods and slate with a top layer of laminate. This will only rarely be composed of real wood, and it will sit just atop the asphalt layer, which will provide the primary weather protection. Luxury shingles of this type will sometimes require minor repairs for aesthetic purposes, but they are entirely functional from a weatherproofing perspective and should be no less durable than plain asphalt shingles, assuming correct installation.

Advantages of Dimensional Shingles

The primary advantages of dimensional shingles are their aesthetics, durability, versatility and availability.

The look doesn't come at any disadvantage of function, unlike some luxury items for homes, meaning it can be achieved with less overall upkeep. They can also be used to mask irregularities in the roofing structure, making them a great renovation for homes beginning to show their age.

Their durability is notable as a result of their construction and longevity. Regular shingles are prone to warping as a result of heat, moisture and sun exposure, and this is the primary reason they need to be replaced. Dimensional shingles resist warping as a result of their increased weight and their interlocking construction. They can have lifespans of up to 50 years if installed correctly and not exposed to freak weather. It is not uncommon for established roofers to offer warranties on them as an upsell though these are primarily beneficial in edge cases that cause extensive and unusual damage to the roof rather than in the context of regular wear and tear.

Dimensional shingles can be applied to nearly any home regardless of its construction. While a square of dimensional shingles is more complicated to put together, they aren't any more difficult to make compatible than regular shingles. They're suitable for a wide variety of roof slopes. This versatility means there is a variety of different styles on the market at any given time. You can distinguish your home from your neighbors' with relative ease by changing the style of shingle you use on your roof.

Because they are so popular, dimensional shingles can be found anywhere. They're just as plentiful as regular shingles. More expensive areas may have them almost exclusively. This contributes to their overall versatility, but it also means that they will be much more varied in cost. You will probably want to pursue multiple quotes for materials if possible as the market will be able to support shingle suppliers at a variety of price points.

Disadvantages of Dimensional Shingles

The primary disadvantages of dimensional shingles are the requirements sometimes associated with them by municipal housing guidelines.

Some municipal areas have steeper requirements for dimensional shingles than they do for traditional shingles. Your roofers will be aware of these, but it can be important for you to understand them as well if you are purchasing the materials on your own. When in doubt, it is best to speak with your contractor.

There are reports that dimensional shingles are more prone to mold and mildew than standard shingles. These are factors that can undo a dimensional shingle roof in a much shorter span of time than standard weathering. Because dimensional shingles have more gaps between them, there are hypothetically more locations for mold and mildew to take root and begin to grow. The organic materials used in shingles are ideal for colonies of these things. However, your risks for mold and mildew will vary much more wildly in response to environmental factors. A home in an arid climate will always be at much lower risk for mold in its roofing than a home in a damp climate. Thus, concerns about mold and mildew are best handled in upkeep, rather than prior to construction.

Last updated on May 24, 2016

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