What is the Difference between 3-Tab and Architectural Shingles?

Architectural Shingles

You still have an important question to answer. And no, we are not talking about color. We are talking about choosing 3-Tab or Architectural Shingles.

When it comes to roofing, you have quite a few options, from asphalt shingles to metal and everything in between. However, time and time again, homeowners opt for asphalt above all else. In fact, more than 75% of U.S. homes use asphalt shingles. They are affordable, they are durable, and they add a level of curb appeal unmatched by other roofing materials. So, for many homeowners the choice is simple – asphalt reigns supreme. But it is not quite as simple as that. You still have one more important question to answer. And no, we are not talking about color. We are talking about choosing between 3-Tab and Architectural Shingles.

Learn the Difference between 3-Tab Shingles and Architectural Shingles

Asphalt shingles come in two basic forms: architectural and 3-tab.

What is a 3-Tab Shingle?

A 3-tab shingle is distinguished by three uniform cutouts, or tabs, made along the lower edge of the shingles.

“Each shingle looks like three separate pieces when installed, but it’s only one,” explains Joan Crowe, a technical services director for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

Benefits of 3-tab shingles include:

  • More cost effective than architectural shingles.
  • Provides a nice, uniform look.
  • Remain the most popular roofing shingle today.

What is an Architectural Shingle?

Architectural shingles are created by laminating two shingle strips together to form a single, dimensional shingle. The tabs on these shingles come in various sizes and shapes, mimicking the look of wood shake, but with the durability of asphalt.

Benefits of architectural shingles include:

  • Heavier and more durable than 3-tab shingles.
  • Better wind resistance.
  • The varying sizes and shapes of the shingles give the roof a more dimensional look, which many people attribute to added curb appeal.
  • Enhanced waterproofing capabilities.
  • Longer life expectancy than 3-tab shingles and, thus, has longer manufacturer’s warranties.

The asphalt shingles you choose will depend on your specific needs and budget.

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