This is a really simple page that gets down to the comparison between architectural shingles vs. 3 tab shingles. We hope you find this comparison useful and accurate. The list is split up into two sides.
|ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES||3 TAB SHINGLES|
|1. Architectural Shingles /(aka) dimensional or laminate shingles differ from the traditional 3-tab asphalt shingle look. They differ because the actual shingle tabs have various sizes and shapes. These various sizes and shapes give them a more “dimensional” look to them and can actually make a shingle roof look more like shake.||vs||1. 3-tab shingles have only 1 shingle tab size and shape.|
|2. Architectural shingles weigh more than 3-tab shingles. In fact, they weigh around 50 percent more than the asphalt 3-tab shingles.||vs||2. Architectural shingles are composed of one flat layer and do not have a dimensional look to them. Because they are more simple and are made up of less material they weigh less than architectural shingles.|
|3. Because architectural shingles are thicker than 3-tab shingles they have a longer warranty than most 3-tab shingles. Architectural shingles almost across the board have a minimum 30 year guarantee and are rated to resist higher speeds of wind.||vs||3. 3-tab shingles are less thick than architectural shingles and almost always have a shorter year guarantee. Because of this 3-tab shingles need to be replaced more often than architectural shingle roofs.|
|4. Architectural shingles cost more than 3-tab shingles.||vs||4. 3-tab shingles cost less than architectural shingles.|
|5. Architectural shingles help maintain or raise the value of the home as long as they are properly installed. They are a preferred shingle for homeowners because they help the homes value.||vs||5. 3-tab shingles are still preferred among residential rental properties and lower value homes where the initial higher cost cannot be met for architectural shingles.|
|6. Architectural shingles are constantly becoming more and more popular in the roofing market.||vs||6. 3-tab shingles are on the decline in popularity.|
Differences Between Shingles
We hope that this simple comparison helped answer your questions regarding the differences between architectural and 3-tab shingles. Overall architectural shingles are a better product that performs better and is more aesthetically appealing.
The main reasons why 3-tab shingles are still available for purchase are because they cost less and are a great option for those with smaller budgets, they are needed as the starter row when roofing a roof, and there are many roofs that already have 3 tab shingles on them and they require repairs with the same type of shingle.