Architectural Shingles vs 3 Tab Shingles: Pros & Cons

Two of the most common types of residential roofing shingles are Architectural Shingles (also known as Dimensional Shingles, 3D Shingles or Laminate Shingles) and 3 Tab Shingles (also known as Strip Shingles).

Below, our Waukesha roofers have outlined the primary differences between the two types.

Architectural Shingles

3 Tab Shingles

Appearance– Includes a collection of shingle sizes and shapes, which include a supplementary laminated layer. These features create a richer, deeper more textured look that’s known for its visual appeal and interest. Better able to hide imperfections on roof’s surface.Appearance– Flat, same size and shape, more discrete. Your basic shingle. Designed to look more like slate
Durability– 2x as thick and 50% heavier than 3 Tab Shingles. More durable and better for keeping out moisture. Better resistance to curling, wind and hail.Durability– Fairly Low
Life Span– 25 year to lifetime warranty = approximately 30-50 yearsLife Span– 25 year warranty = approximately 12-18 years
Warranty– Longer warranty since the shingles are thicker and weightier. Warranties usually range from 30 year to lifetime.Warranty– Shorter warranty since the shingles are thinner and more lightweight. Warranties are typically 20, 25 or 30 year.
Price– More expensive ($$-$$$)Price– Less expensive ($)
Value– Higher ROI due to increased property value of the roof materials’ appearance, durability and warranty.Value– Better for rental properties and economy-priced homes where the initial higher cost of architectural shingles cannot be recovered.
Wind Resistance– Typically withstands winds ranging from 80 to 130 mphWind Resistance– Typically withstands up to 60 mph winds
Popularity– GainingPopularity– Declining

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Whether you’re a home builder, home renovator or home buyer, we hope this comparison table has been helpful in your decision making process. From an industry standpoint, architectural shingles are going to be a better investment than 3 tab shingles. While the upfront cost is higher than 3 tab shingles, architectural shingles will protect your home better for longer.

In terms of home resale value, it’s better to go with neutral colored shingles, as opposed to a new trendy shade. Also, as a general rule, darker colors attract more sunlight, which means they typically have a shorter lifespan than lighter colored roofs.

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