3-Tab Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles


As your home is one of your biggest investments, you want to protect and preserve its value.

When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, your roof is the first line of defense. So, if you are building a new house or replacing your roof on your current home, you should select the proper asphalt roof shingles. This can be an important part of the process since the shingles that you select today will protect and enhance the look of your home for years to come.

Asphalt roofing is one of the most popular shingles and comes in a variety of styles, which includes 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. But which type is best for your home?

3-tab Shingles

Three-tab shingles, which are known as traditional, flat shingles or strip shingles, are made of asphalt materials and feature a flat surface. They get their name because they are created in individual rectangular pieces that are made to look like they are divided into three squares.

As an industry standard, these shingles offer a traditional, classic look with strength and durability. Plus, they are budget-friendly options.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles, also known as dimensional or laminate shingles, are a good choice for many homeowners. These shingles are known for their high performance and curb appeal, which fits into most budgets.

Also made from asphalt materials, architectural shingles are named for their distinctive appearance. They have a varied surface thickness that gives them a unique texture or multi-dimensional look, which 3-tab shingles lack.

While the raised surface provides a unique look, it also improves the shingle’s performance. Constructed with a heavy base mat that consists of multiple layers of material, architectural shingles are thicker, stronger, and more wind resistant.

Invest Wisely

Roof shingles are not created equal. You have many options to choose from in terms of style, price, performance and color. Talk to one of our specialized roofing consultants to see which type of asphalt shingles will work best for your home.