Three main types of asphalt shingles
If your roof is failing, you’re probably scrambling to find a reputable contractor. You’re also trying to figure out the type and color of the shingle that will look best on your roof.
Meanwhile, the good contractor can give you some reliable input on asphalt shingles, you’re the one who has to live with that roof for the next 20, 30, or 40 years (or more!). You need to be sure you like those shingles before you buy them — even if your contractor swears by a recommended color or style.
✅ What are the types of Asphalt Shingles
The options may seem overwhelming, but asphalt shingles are a great choice for almost any home. Asphalt shingles are durable, affordable, and come in an incredible variety of colors and styles to match almost any exterior. So how do you choose?
There are three primary types of asphalt shingles:
1. 3-tab shingles — also referred to as three-tab shingles.
2. Dimensional shingles — sometimes called architectural or laminate shingles.
3. Luxury shingles — occasionally called premium shingles.
While all three kinds of asphalt shingles are made of similar materials, they are not exactly the same. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide which asphalt roofing shingles will meet your needs for years to come.
✅ 3-tab Asphalt Shingles.
The 3-tab shingles are affordable and can last a couple of decades in the right conditions.
What’s the problem with 3-tab shingles? Fewer aesthetic options, potential blow-off issues, and a shorter lifespan.
Affordability meets functionality! One-piece, single-layer 3-tab asphalt shingles are the most basic and economical example on the market.3-tab shingles are made from durable fiberglass basement coated with mineral granules, giving each piece varying color tones.
3-tab shingles are lightweight and designed to withstand the elements for about 20 years or more and are easy to recognize by their clean, horizontal appearance. Their exposed layer is notched (usually into three tabs, hence the 3-tab moniker) to give a more decorative appearance. 3-tab shingles may be a good choice for homeowners on a budget.
✅ Dimensional Asphalt Shingles.
What’s there to love about a dimensional shingle? Strength, baby. Dimensional shingles are extremely durable. These shingles boast a multi-dimensional texture and appearance and can last 30 years or longer.
What’s the problem with dimensional shingles? You’ll pay more upfront for dimensional asphalt shingles than you will for 3-tab shingles. Dimensional shingles are made of two or more layers of shingles. Multi-layered shingles are extra durable, allowing them to be used in stronger warranties for homeowners like you. Many dimensional shingles are warranted from 30 years to life, depending on the installation and specific shingles chosen.
The real appeal of dimensional shingles? They look great. These shingles are easy to spot as you drive through a neighborhood. They don’t look like run-of-the-mill asphalt shingles. Dimensional asphalt shingles are available in a wide range of colors to match any home.
You’re going to pay more on the front end for dimensional shingles. Some roofing experts claim that dimensional shingles are generally 20 percent more expensive than 3-tab shingles. At the same time, dimensional shingles are about 75 percent less expensive than actual wood shakes, and you’re going to be eligible for a better warranty than you would be with 3-tab shingles.
✅ Luxury Asphalt Shingles
What’s there to love about luxury asphalt shingles? Multi-Dimensional appearance; maximum durability; more affordable than slate or cedar alternatives.
Luxury shingles are designed to replicate natural slate and cedar shake roofs at a fraction of the cost. Shakes and slate are expensive to purchase and extremely laborious to install. A slate roof may cost as much as 10 times that of architectural laminate shingles. Unless your last name is Rockefeller, that’s a price difference that’s worth noting.
Luxury asphalt shingles are a great roofing alternative for period-style homes that look best with slate- or shake-style roofs. The multi-dimensional texture of luxury shingles creates shadows and depths that look just like real shakes or slate.
Luxury shingles have extra layers that bring extra weight. In fact, they can weigh twice as much per square as basic 3-tab shingles. They may not be best suited to every home.
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