Are Architectural Or 3-Tab Shingles A Better Choice?

If you've decided to have a new shingle roof put on your home, you have a choice to make: do you want regular, 3-tab shingles or architectural ones? While 3-tab shingles provide a classic, look, the uneven look of architectural shingles is becoming more and more popular among homeowners. Neither style of shingle is perfect for every homeowner. Here are a few factors to consider when making your decision.

How tight is your budget?

While both types of shingles are an inexpensive roofing option when compared to materials like slate and metal, architectural shingles do cost a bit more than 3-tab shingles. This is both because they take more time and materials to manufacture, and because roofers have to spend more time to apply them properly. If you have the extra money to spare, investing in architectural shingles may be worth it because they last a bit longer than 3-tab shingles (30 years versus 20). However, if investing in architectural shingles means you won't be able to eat for a few months, then it may be best to settle for the cheaper 3-tab shingles.

Is weight a concern?

Architectural shingles are heavier than 3-tab shingles. For most homes, this is not a concern; they can support the excess weight. However, if you have an older home that may not be able to support a heavier roof, or if you have heavy snowfall in your area and want to keep your roofing weight down so you don't overburden your walls when the snow falls, then lighter 3-tab shingles might be a better choice.

How stylish is your home and neighborhood?

In some areas, 3-tab shingles are still quite common. In other areas, however, nearly every home is outfitted with architectural shingles. If you live in an area where some neighbors have 3-tab shingles, then from a style sense, you can really go with either option, since you'll just look a little extra stylish if you're one of the ones with architectural shingles. However, you probably want to steer clear of being the only home with 3-tabs in an area where everyone else has architectural shingles. This may make your home look "cheap" in comparison and may hurt your resale value.

Many homeowners are now choosing more durable, attractive, architectural shingles for their homes. However, 3-tabs still have their place and may be the better choice if you're on a budget, watching your roof's weight, or roofing a home in a neighborhood where this style is still common.

To learn more, contact a Roof contractor in Winnipeg. 


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