Many options available when selecting roofing shingles

When the time comes for a new roof, there now are more roofing shingle options than ever before and curb appeal doesn’t have to take a backseat to functionality.

Here’s a look at a few:

• Strip shingles — the original, the most basic and most lightweight of roofing shingles — are single layered and generally designed to look like slate.

• Dimensional shingles, or architectural laminated shingles, today are the predominant roofing shingles installed in North America.

• Premium shingles are laminated shingles, unlike traditional roofing shingles. Designs may mimic “old-world” roofing shingles.