3 Tab Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles

You’re probably wondering what’s the difference between a 3 Tab Shingle and an Architectural Shingle? Doing your due diligence is important because a roof replacement is not a drop in the bucket for many, it’s one of the biggest expenses as a San Antonio homeowner. Today we’ll go over the general differences between the two and how to make a decision on which one to install.

What they both have in common.

Before we separate the differences, let’s talk about what they have in common. Mostly all 3 tabs and laminates (architectural) shingles have a fiberglass mat, weathering grade asphalt that holds the granules together, colorful granules which reflect UV light, adhesive heat activated strip that bonds shingles together, high wind rating and warranty.

This is the common denominator of all shingles, it doesn’t matter the brand, class or line. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

Main Characteristics of 3 Tab Shingle

A 3 tab shingles is made to have three-tabs, check out the video in the article. They come in a variety of colors depending on the region. They are rated to last about 25 years, but there’s a catch and it matters on the brand you install. Most have an algae warranty of about 10 years. They also have a 60 MPH wind rating and some have an Energy Star rating. A 3 tab shingle is an entry level shingle and is economical. $$

Main Characteristics of a Laminated Architectural Shingle

Laminate Architectural shingle is one piece. They have more colors to select from. It has double layer reinforcement to make it heavier and have a higher wind rating. Some have technologies that hold 130+ mph wind ratings. They’re rated to last 30 – 50 years depending on the type of shingle. With certain technology brands, the algae rating ranges from 10, 15 and lifetime warranty. In the grand scheme of things, it’s bigger and better. The cost difference is between both is $0.20 – $0.40 cents or more per square foot, it depends on the type you select.

How to select which shingle is best.

When it comes to deciding which shingle to install, in my opinion, it comes down to the exit strategy on the property, let me explain.

If you’re a homeowner or property investor and cash is a huge factor, a 3 tab roofing shingle is the best selection. It’s an entry level shingle with the best economical value.

If you’re a homeowner with some funds and you’re looking to stay on the property for more than 10-15 years +, it’s your forever home and like taking care of your stuff and having nice things; laminated architectural shingles are best for you.

How do you decide which shingle to go with, first decide how long you’ll be on the property and what your cash situation is.

Short on cash and don’t care? Go with a 3 tab.

Have some cash put away and care about your home? Go with a laminate.

It’s that simple.

If your insurance company is paying for the roof, I recommend installing an architectural roof. I’ll go into detail on roof insurance claims in a different post.

I hope you learned something today, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

Here’s a few recommended roofing manufacturers: Owens Corning, Atlas Roofing, CertainTeed.

Check out our previous post on a Hail Proof Shingle.

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