Shingle Comparison: Architectural Asphalt versus Three-Tab Asphalt

Not all asphalt roof shingles are the same, and you need to know the differences between them. Shingles differ based on material, size, colour, shape and thickness. There are various types of roofing shingles available in the industry, and your roofer in London will be experienced in working with most, if not all of them.

One of the most commonly used roofing materials is the asphalt shingle. This type of shingle is used on residential steep sloped roofs. The benefits of using asphalt roof shingles include:

  • Affordability.
  • Lifespan of between twenty to fifty years.
  • Easy to install.
  • Energy efficient.
  • Many colours and designs available. They can even replicate the appearance of tile and other more expensive roofing materials.
  • Environmentally sustainable – asphalt shingles are recyclable.

Asphalt shingles do have some drawbacks. They are prone to cracking and wearing when the climate changes dramatically or with extremes of heat and cold, and they can be relatively easily damaged by high winds, hail, and ice. Asphalt shingles can’t be used on low slope or flat roofs.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles feature a base material covered with a layer of asphalt and a composite granule material coating. Most modern asphalt shingles include fibreglass – these are lightweight, fire resistant, durable, and UV resistant. Organic shingles (old style) were made with rags, paper, wood chips, and recycled cardboard, layered with asphalt.

There are two main types of asphalt shingles: Architectural shingles and Three-Tab shingles.

Architectural Shingles: these are also known as laminated asphalt shingles, and they are made without cut-outs. They have more curves, offer a more three dimensional effect, and offer more variety in aesthetic. They contain more asphalt, and are waterproof. They are only suitable for a steep slope roof. Warranty offered on Architectural shingles is longer than that of Three-Tab shingles, and they can resist higher winds. They are more expensive than Three-Tab shingles.

architectural asphalt shingles

Three Tab Shingles: these are less expensive than architectural shingles. They are thin, light, and have a flat appearance, yet may offer the same longevity and lifespan as Architectural asphalt shingles, despite warranties not reflecting this. They come in a single size and shape for a uniform roof appearance.

3-tab asphalt shingles

Architectural shingles maintain a house’s value, and they are greatly preferred by homeowners for this reason. They are growing in popularity throughout the roofing market.

Three-Tab shingles are more affordable and are preferred for property investors for residential rental properties. They are a great option for those on a limited budget.

Asphalt shingles, when properly installed by a professional roofer in London, offer a great return on investment. Consult with an expert roofing company local to you to determine your best choice for your immediate and long term needs.

Contact us today to learn more about your asphalt shingle options.

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