The two most common types of asphalt shingle roofing are three-tab shingles and laminated shingle roofing. Below is a breakdown of each. What you decide is best for your home’s roof will depend on budget, desire for a more premium look, and often your home’s design and structure.
Laminated shingle roofing
- One of laminated shingles’ biggest appeals is that they come in various shapes and sizes, so there is not a uniform or standard look.
- They have a guarantee of at least 30 years.
- Can easily mimic the look of more premium roofing alternatives like cedar or slate, at a fraction of the cost.
- More durable than three-tab shingle roofing because of its thickness. This also makes it less likely to curl.
- The thickness also makes it heavier, which must be taken into consideration in terms of whether the home’s structure can manage the weight.
- Architectural shingles is the more expensive of the two, but your investment will have show a greater return in terms of longevity.
Three-tab shingle roofing
- While laminated shingles offer variety, three-tab shingles only come in one size and shape.
- Three-tab shingles present a really affordable roofing option, and is the less expensive option of the two.
- They don’t fair very well in terms of durability, especially because they are much less thicker than laminated shingles, so will likely have to be repaired or replaced often.
- Since they are made of less material, three-tab shingles are more lightweight, which could be a necessity for certain home structures that can’t bear heavy roof weight.