Roofing shingles have evolved over the years. Shingle roofing has come a long way since 1901. Asphalt shingles became popular during the 1920’s and grew from there.
Asphalt shingles are available in two standard options:
While 3-tab shingles typically need to be replaced after 15–18 years, Dimensional typically last 24–30 years.
Roofing shingles are created with two types of base materials. They are both created in a similar fashion.
Here is a very interesting article on the roofing industry time line. Lots of compelling information on roofing shingles and more!