Homes can receive heavy winds in Michigan so when you put a new roof on your house, it’s important to understand just what it can handle and what you might need to combat storms.

The wind rating on 3-tab shingles is 60 mph when the shingles have the proper 4 nail per shingle pattern. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, have a rating of 130 mph on them. The 60 mph rating is due to the fact that the exposed portion of the shingle is split into 3 individual tabs, making it more susceptible to being lifted when the wind blows at high speeds.

Roofing decisions are important to any home so why should you choose 3-tab shingles? There are benefits that come along with them including:

Lower Initial Cost

3-tab shingles often cost lower upfront than other options, which makes them affordable to most homeowners. If budget is a concern, these shingles are high in quality, but also cost less than others.

Easy Repairs

These shingles can also be repaired with ease. If there is a damaged section, it can be removed and replaced or the shingles can be nailed back down.

Aesthetic Styles

While there are some roofing materials that come in only one color and style, that isn’t the case for 3-tab shingles. This material comes in many styles and colors.


You can expect 3-tab shingles to last anywhere from 20-30 years, barring any huge storms and major damage. That makes them even more affordable since they last such a long time.

If you need an economical answer to roof replacement, 3-tab shingles offer you longevity, attractiveness, and safety for your home. They have plenty of pros on their side to offset the lower wind ratings of other shingle types and they can last for a long time.

If you’re ready to look into roof replacement even further, contact Victors Roofing. We can go over the options, including 3-tab shingles, and examine your budget and needs to see what works best for your individual situation. We won’t recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t put on our own house. We treat customers like family and only give the best, most trusted advice in every case we see. Let’s figure out what wind rating you need along with many other specific details for your new roof.

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