Three Tab Shingles Vs. Architectural Shingles

Three Tab Shingles Vs. Architectural Shingles

August 29, 2016

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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.

Structural Differences

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.

Getting ready to replace your roof? Get your free estimate online, or give us a call today to learn more about how the roofing experts at Deegan can help.

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Brien Deegan is the company owner and founder. “I attribute much of our longevity and success to a number of factors. We are a family owned and operated company, with my sons and Michael Deegan, my nephew, right at my side. I have a great, hand-picked staff of people who have been with us a long time. Above all that, our goal has always been to put honesty and the needs of our customers ahead of profit.”

After 30 years in the roofing business, Deegan Roofing holds a state license in good standing and a complaint-free record, an A+ Better Bureau Business rating, Deegan still personally writes up many estimates in order to have personal contact with his customers.

Deegan Roofing is highly committed to giving back helping the community. They work with charitable groups and veterans organizations on a regular basis. Currently in partnership with GAF, they are helping military veterans and retirees in the Roofs for Troops program



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