When it comes to roof shingles, there are a plenty of different options on the market, but the two most popular options are asphalt three tab shingles and architectural shingles. If you’re not quite sure what the differences are between the two, not to worry – Deegan Roofing is here to break it down for you.
Three tab shingles lay flat against each other. Think of three tab shingles being laid on your roof like you would lay tile on the floor of your kitchen. Architectural shingles are called “architectural” because they have a more pronounced shape. Instead of the shingles lying flat against the roof, they are layered on top of each other so that the shingles create a three-dimensional shape that adds dimension to the roof.
There’s some debate as to whether three tab shingles can withstand high winds as well as architectural shingles. In general, architectural shingles are favored for their added strength and durability. Architectural shingles will typically last about 25 to 30 years, but if three tab shingles are installed properly they can last for at least 20 years as well.
Three tab shingles are typically somewhat less expensive than architectural shingles. The installation process is a little less involved, and you’ll need less material at the end of the day to cover the roof. In spite of the cost savings, many homeowners prefer the durability and aesthetics of architectural shingles, so if you’re hoping to increase the value of your home, it might be worth a bit of extra money to go with the architectural shingles.
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