Architectural Shingles vs. Three-Tab Shingles

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It’s time to replace your roof and maybe you’re overwhelmed because you had no idea there were so many choices when it comes to shingles! Asphalt shingles have been and continue to be the most popular. But did you know that asphalt shingles come in two different varieties? You can choose either “architectural” asphalt shingles or “three-tab” architectural shingles. There are pros and cons to both, but we can help you pick the best option for your particular situation. Here are some of the advantages of architectural shingles:

Architectural Shingles vs. Three-Tab Shingles

First, take a look at cost. Architectural shingles are going to cost you about thirty to forty percent more than three-tab shingles. Just remember the old adage “you get what you pay for.” Let’s study these two options a little more closely to see why the architectural shingles cost more.

Architectural shingles are more durable than three tab shingles. They are made of a sturdier material, as opposed to the thinner, lighter-weight three tab shingles. Most architectural shingles can sustain winds up to 110-130 miles per hour while three tab shingles can typically withstand winds of about 60-70 miles per hour.

Architectural shingles also have a longer life than three tab shingles. Most architectural shingles come with about a 30-50 year warranty, while three tab shingles will last you around 15-20 years.

Many people find architectural shingles to be more aesthetically pleasing than three tab shingles. They generally look nicer and richer than three tab shingles, and they come in a large variety of styles and colors to match any home.

Although we’ve spent time on the advantages of architectural shingles in this article, we would also be happy to discuss the advantages of three-tab shingles with you to determine which is the better option for your structure and budget. Contact us at Village Roofs today to learn more.