What type of architectural shingle textures are available?

Architectural shingles have become a favorite choice of homeowners who want the look of a slate or cedar shake roof without the expense and upkeep. They are available in many different colors and cuts, depending upon the manufacturer of the shingles and even the area of the country where you live. Most shingles have a granular base of a mixture of organic materials and fiberglass that have been coated to be fire resistant. Other granules are often added to prevent mold and algae growth on the roof. A great deal of the texture of the shingles and roof depends upon how they are cut and installed.