Term Description
Architectural shingle

See "dimensional shingle."

Asphalt shingle

A shingle manufactured by coating a reinforcing material (paper felt or fiberglass mat) with an asphalt-based coating and having mineral granules on the side exposed to the weather. See "shingle."

Interlocking shingles

Individual shingles that mechanically attach to one another to provide enhanced wind resistance without reliance on sealing strips.

Laminated shingles

See "dimensional shingles."


(1) A small unit of prepared roofing designed for installation with similar units in overlapping rows or courses on inclines normally exceeding 3:12 slope; (2) to cover with shingles; (3) to apply any sheet material in succeeding overlapping rows like shingles.

Strip shingles

Asphalt shingles that are manufactured in strips approximately three times as long as they are wide with or without cutouts.