Architectural roofing shingles are a premium grade of asphalt roofing that provides a stunning three-dimensional appearance. Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural roofing shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made. Many realtors recommend upgrading to architectural shingles when replacing a roof because of the curb appeal it gives an older home. Some of the most attractive architectural shingles can simulate the look of cedar wood shakes or slate. The shingles random colors and textures accent steep roof planes and highlight a roof’s many sections.