Learning About Roofing Services

The Difference Between 3-Tab And Architectural Shingles

When replacing your roof, there are many options to pick from when it comes to shingles. Two common types of shingles you may have narrowed your selection down to are 3-tab and architectural shingles. By understanding the differences, you can decide on which one you want for your home's roof.


You'll find that the warranty on architectural shingles is anywhere between 30 and 50 years, which should reflect on the quality of the product being made by the manufacturer. A 3-tab shingle made of asphalt will last between 15 and 20 years

The reason that architectural shingles last so much longer is because of their construction. It is common for them to be made with a heavy fiberglass base layer and to have more layers than the competing 3-tab shingles. These shingles will hold up better to impacts, strong winds, snow, hail, and the weight of people walking on the roof. Architectural shingles are more durable in virtually every way.

Curb Appeal

The curb appeal of shingles is completely subjective because everyone has different tastes in terms of how a home looks. You may like the look of architectural shingles much better than their 3-tab shingle counterparts. This is because architectural shingles have some dimension to them, with the singles being constructed in different sizes and shapes. Once installed on your roof, they have an appearance that resembles the look of having wood shake shingles. A traditional 3-tab shingle will look very flat in comparison.

If you have plans to sell the house in the not-too-distant future, using architectural shingles could make the home more appealing to potential buyers.


All these advantages do come at a cost.  Architectural shingles will be more expensive, costing roughly $97 per square. In comparison, 3-tab shingles cost roughly $88 per square. You must decide if the durability and curb appeal make architectural shingles worth the additional cost. Keep in mind that the final cost of shingles depends on factors such as the brand of shingle, the warranty offered, the color, and how many you buy for your roof. You may be able to get the costs of architectural shingles down by selecting some on the low end of the quality spectrum.

For more information about the differences between 3-tab and architectural shingles, talk to a roofing contractor from a company like Rainy Day Exteriors. They will be able to help you figure out what option will work best for your home.