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Asphalt Shingles: Three-Tab versus Architectural Shingles  

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This architectural asphalt shingle roof displays the dimension created by the type of shingle.

Asphalt shingles are a very popular choice in the roofing industry. They are an easy investment to make, can be tailored to match any home, and do a good job of protecting your home from the elements. There are two different types of asphalt shingles to consider when making your ultimate roofing choice: three tab and architectural. Each type of asphalt shingle has a distinct look, and comes with its own set of benefits. Once you know the details, you’ll be able to choose the right roofing option for your home.

Architectural Shingles

One of the most noticeable things about architectural shingles is the way they look. The actual shingle tabs are designed to be different sizes and shapes overlapped. This approach creates a very distinct look. Architectural shingles are known for their more dimensional look. This makes for shingles that more closely resemble shakes. Architectural shingles can boost the appeal of your home by giving it a bit of a more rustic or carefully designed look. Architectural shingles tend to be thicker and are often constructed atop a thicker and sturdier base mat. This can improve the strength of your roof, and give it a longer life expectancy. Architectural shingle roofs tend to be a bigger investment than three tab shingles, but the trade off is often an extended warranty.

Three Tab Shingles

It’s not uncommon at all to see homes with three tab asphalt shingle roofs. This type of shingle is different from architectural shingles in that all of the tabs are of equal size, shape, and weight. Each panel of shingles comes in tabs of three, hence the name. When installed, these shingles appear flatter, creating a clean and more uniform look for your home. These shingles tend to be about 50 percent lighter than architectural shingles, and while this means that the warranty doesn’t last as long, it also means that they often come with a slightly smaller price tag.

Roofing Replacement with Absolute Home Solutions

Both architectural and three tab shingles are great options when you’re looking to have your roof replaced. Three tab shingles are often better for those who are looking to save on the installation process, while asphalt shingles provide a bit of a longer term roofing solution. If you are ready to replace your roof with three tab or architectural asphalt shingle roofing, or just want more information, contact Absolute Home Solutions at 240-328-9872 for a free consultation. You can also connect with Absolute Home Solutions on FacebookGoogle+Pinterest and Twitter.