3-tab and architectural shingles are the most common shingles used by Americans on their roofs today. 3-tab shingles are sometimes called strip shingles because they are cut out of a continuous strip at the factory then cut in 12-inch increments.
Architectural shingles, on the other hand, are sometimes called laminated shingles. They are laminated strips of shingles and create a cedar shake appearance with more curb appeal for the home. You get higher wind resistance with these than with 3-tab shingles. The lifespan of each depends on the quality, but architectural shingles are generally more appealing because of their curb appeal and longer life.
Reasons to Go With 3-Tab
3-tab is a more economical answer over architectural. If you live in an area that isn’t prone to high winds, like down in a valley, the higher wind resistance of architectural isn’t needed. If you are on a budget and really need a new roof, 3-tab shingles may be the answer you are looking for. They come in a variety of colors and styles to match any home.
Reasons to Go With Architectural
These shingles have many benefits over 3-tab. They have greater curb appeal, which raises the value of your home. They also have a longer manufacturer warranty, which can be helpful in the future. With higher wind resistance, they are less likely to be damaged by storms and also resist hail impact. You even get protection against stains and other things which have an impact on how your roof looks. They generally last longer and can be cost-effective over time since they will not repairs as quickly as 3-tab.
If you want to know more about 3-tab and architectural shingles, contact the professionals at Victors Roofing. We will go over the pros and cons of each style with you so you can make an informed decision as to which is best for your home. Not every home fits with one style or the other and it’s best to get expert advice and opinions before you make a final decision. With the right shingles on your home, it’ll look great and protect your interior for many years to come.