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
Main Characteristics of a Laminated Architectural Shingle
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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