3 Tab Shingles vs Architectural

3 Tab Shingles vs Architectural Shingles

The Pros and Cons of 3 Tab vs. Architectural Shingles

There are two kinds of asphalt shingles, and each has pros and cons. Before you decide, check with your homeowners association or city ordinances. Some will specify the type and color range you are allowed to have. When you’re ready to shop for a new roof, here’s what you need to know to make the right decision.

Things to consider:

  • Cost
  • How long it will last
  • Color and style
  • Homeowners Association regulations

Pros and cons of 3-tab asphalt shingles

Of all commercial roof products, 3-tab shingles are the cheapest roofing material. This might be a pro or a con, depending on your point of view. It’s cheaper because it’s lighter weight, which means it offers less protection for your roof and won’t last as long as a dimensional shingle.

Aesthetically, typical 3-tab shingles are flat, with no variation in size and no shadowing. They come in various colors, and except for some standard colors, change to match house color trends.They may be one single color, one color with shadings, or several complementary colors.

These shingles come with a 25-year warranty. Many people believe that means the roof will last 25 years, but that is not usually the case due to the damage weather causes. The average 3-tab shingle roof lasts about 15 – 18 years.

A 3-tab shingle roof is a good choice if you need a roof on a budget. While it’s more advisable to invest in a better quality roof that will last longer, it’s a good way to save money if you are in a budget crunch. If you plan to sell the house in the future, bear in mind that 3-tab shingles do not raise your property values or add curb appeal.

Pros and Cons of architectural shingles

Architectural shingles, also known as laminated shingles, are the most common type of roofing material on the market. They are thicker and heavier than 3-tab shingles. A roof with this material will last longer and be more durable.

Aesthetically, architectural shingles are more attractive than flat styles. The shingles are different widths and overlap each other, creating interest with shadowing and shading. They come in plenty of different colors.

Architectural shingles are more expensive than 3-tab shingles. They add value and curb appeal to your homes, which means your house will be easier to sell and you can list it at a higher price. These shingles come with 30-year, 50-year, or even lifetime warranties. The average lifespan of an architectural shingle roof is 24 – 30 years.

The bottom line

Architectural shingles are more expensive because they are a better product. In the short run, you’ll save money with a 3-tab shingle, but it will do less to protect your house and won’t last as long. If you own your house for a long time, you will replace a 3-tab roof at least 3 times in 50 years, but you’ll only replace an architectural roof twice. Over a lifetime, you’ll save a lot of money.

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