The two most common shingles offered in residential roofing are 3-Tab shingles and Architectural or Dimensional shingles. Most homes that are older than 10 years old are roofed with the traditional 3-Tab shingle, however, Architectural shingles are quickly rising in popularity and are not the number one shingle-style used on most homes.
3 Tab Shingle
Roofers refer to shingle as 3-Tab because it is made up of three individual tabs that are 12” wide. 3-Tab shingles come in either 20yr, 25yr, or 30 yr warranties.
Like Architectural shingles, 3-Tab roofing shingles are asphalt-based products that work by shedding water to the shingle below.
Architectural or Dimensional Shingles
Architectural shingles come with a minimum 30 yr warranty from the manufacturer, but most architectural shingles now come with a lifetime warranty. Architectural shingles are actually two asphalt shingle strips that have been laminated together to form a shingle that originally tried to mimic wood shake roofs. The tabs on these roofing shingles are of varying widths and have slightly different shades of color to give a more dimensional appearance.
Advantages to Architectural Shingles
Better curb appeal
Longer manufacture warranty
Higher wind resistance
Better resistance to hail impacts
Includes protection against black algae stains
Which Shingle is Right for Your Roofing Project
3-Tab Shingles (25 Year) Architectural Shingles
Life Expectancy 12yr or 15yr 25yr or Lifetime (50 yrs)
Wind Warranty 60mph 130mph With Proper Installation
Architectural shingles are by far a superior product to older 3-Tab shingles. However, these new singles cost more and might not always be needed on a tight budget. Architectural shingles cost about $16.00-$25.00 per sq. More than a 25yr 3-Tab shingle. On a typical 30sq house, this cost can add between $480.00-$750.00 to the cost of materials. This price often varies, so make sure you get a specific quote from your roofer. Contact us today at APD Roofing, your top-rated quality service roofing company and we’ll assist you with which shingle is right for you.
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