Architectural shingles are considered a premium type of asphalt shingle. They are also often called a dimensional shingles and like their three tab cousins, they come in a wide variety of colors. Although three tab shingles are the most popular, architectural shingles are growing in popularity and it may become the most popular in the not so distant future.
One of the draws to architectural shingles is the variety of looks that are now available. Manufacturers have created styles that are mimicking old European styles that look like wood shake or slate roofs. Architectural shingles have become so popular because they last longer than three tab, have better warranties, have varying visual looks, cost only slightly more money, are more durable in terms of physical abuse (hail, tree limbs, etc.), and withstand higher winds. No matter what type of roof style you have, there is probably an architectural roofing shingle that will fit your style, budget and expectations.