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Different Types of Roof Shingles
December 17, 2016

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular and affordable roofing material options. They are frequently used in residential properties across all the states.

These shingles come in a variety of designs, colors and textures. Some may include fiber glass and organic shingles. Most of them meet the Energy Star rating which helps you save on energy costs.

In addition, these are low maintenance and highly durable with a life span of at least 25 to 50 years. This makes them more cost-effective, compared to other roof types.

While there are a number of different roof shingles available in the market today, most often 3-tab and architectural asphalt shingles are used. Here we compare these two types so you can choose a more suitable option for your house.

Differences between 3-Tab and Architectural Shingles

The major difference between these two types is that 3-tab shingles are made with cutouts. These run along the bottom edge, making it look like three shingles installed instead of one. On the other hand architectural shingles, also called laminate or dimensional shingles, are not made of cutouts.

  • Style

Architectural shingles are available in multiple sizes and shape, thus offering a huge variety. This helps create a more dimensional look, giving your house a unique appearance.

In comparison, 3-tab shingles are only available in a single shape and size. They don’t give the dimensional look as they are made of a single layer.

  • Weight

Again, 3-tab shingles are made of a single, flat layer. Since these are simple and less material is used in their making, 3-tab shingles also weigh less than architectural ones.

Architectural shingles weigh as much as 50% more than 3-tab shingles. This is because of their design and dimensional look which requires more material.

  • Thickness and durability

Because architectural shingles are comparatively thicker and heavier, they are considerably more durable.

This difference translates to a better warranty for architecturals. Architectural shingles usually carry a lifetime warranty, 3-tabs do not. Architecturals are also highly resistant to wind speeds.

  • Cost

Since architectural shingles have more material and are comparatively more durable, they also cost more than 3-tab shingles. These shingles add value to your home, which is useful especially if you’re planning to move in a few years.

Whether you’re thinking of replacing your house’s roof or installing a new one over the existing materials, our expert Brooklyn roofing contractors are here to ensure superior services. Call us today for asphalt shingle roofing and other roofing services.


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