Kingston: Roofing Shingles – What’s the different?

3-Tab Shingles compared to Architectural Shingles
          By: Terry Quinn, CS, CAPS, CGR, VSI (Almar Building & Remodeling Co. Hanover Ma)
Choosing a shingle style can be tough. Manufactures like GAF and Certainteed have several different options, but two of the most popular choices we see clients deciding between right now are: 3-Tab and Architectural Shingles.

 

 

3tab Certainteed Shingles

3tab Certainteed Shingles

The classic 3- tab shingles has been around a long time. For decades it has been the standard in roofing. While they are still the least expensive option for roofing choices there are new and better options. It’s easy to tell 3 tab shingles by their flat look. They are constructed of two layers of asphalt wrapped around a fiberglass mat designed with three equally sized tabs.

 

Advantage
 The primary reason they are chosen is PRICE and price alone.

 

Disadvantage
Three tabs come in 25 and 30 year varieties, but you can find these in shed shingles rated to last only 15 years. They lay so flat that any ripples or inconsistencies in the roof deck will show right through your finished roof, and you will see it from the ground. They do not have a very high uplift rating for wind. Most manufactures have reduced the color selections and the amount of products they produce.

 

Architectural Certainteed Shingles (Landmark)

Architectural Certainteed Shingles (Landmark)

Architectural shingles or (dimensional, laminated or composite) are constructed with a heavier base mat with multiple layers of asphalt adhered to it. They weigh almost 50% more than three tab shingles. They appear to have a texture similar to cedar shakes.

 

Advantages
Laminated shingles do a much better job of hiding imperfections in the roofing structure.  Architectural shingles are heavier making them less likely to blow off. They are rated for 80 to 120 mPH, versus only 60 for most 3 tabs. They increase your home’s curb appeal and make it more valuable in an appraisal. Most have longer warranties than 3 tabs. They are available in warranties that run from 25 to 50 years

 

Disadvantage
The only disadvantage is cost. The material does cost a little more. However the cost is only for the shingles themselves, not the labor or the accessories like nails and the dumpster costs. Homeowners are surprised to see how small the difference is.

 

At Almar Building and Remodeling, and CAT Exteriors we offer both 3-tab and architectural shingles. We are happy to supply you with either and install them on your home. We can also answer any questions you may have about the process of replacing your existing roof.  Please visit us at our web sites http://www.CATExteriors.com or at our office us at 781-924-5018