Composition shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. There are three main categories for the different types of shingles: three-tab, high-definition, and specialty (or designer). Three-tab shingles have a smooth appearance and are a very economical choice. However, they are also the least durable type of shingle. High-definition shingles are much thicker and more durable than the three-tab and have a more defined appearance. The specialty or designer shingles are typically chosen for their unique styles and long lifespans.
Fiberglass composition shingles are the most common roofing choice for both residential and commercial roofing. These shingles have a fiberglass reinforcing mat at the center that is fully coated with asphalt with mineral fillers on top. All three-tab and most high-definition shingles are fiberglass shingles.