Know your asphalt: 3-tab vs architectural shingles

Asphalt shingles are a roofing favourite among homeowners looking for a budget-friendly and easy to install roof option. With low up-front costs and long-term payback, it’s an easy choice to make to choose asphalt. In fact, the only other decision to make is whether you want three-tab or architectural shingles.


Army Roofing in Vancouver offers professional and quality roofing services including maintenance, installation, and repair. They share the differences between these asphalt shingles:


3-tab shingles


When installed, three-tab shingles look like three separate pieces, even though it is still one shingle. Visually, this will create a more simple and uniformed appearance. Three-tab shingles are also much more lightweight than architectural, as well as less thick. This makes them both easier to install and means they are a less expensive upfront cost than architectural shingles. The downside though, is that it makes them less durable against strong winds and severe weather. Three-tab shingles are okay for wind speeds up to 60 mph, but not much stronger. So, if you have a windy climate, this should be a factor to consider.


Appearance-wise, three-tab shingles come down to a matter of colour choice. While the physical design of the shingles is simple, the right colour can add a lot of curb appeal.


Architectural shingles


Visually, architectural shingles have an alternating 3-dimensional appearance. This is because architectural is made with a heavier base mat and has more laminated layers of asphalt. Because the base mat is heavier, architectural are better suited to stronger winds up to 80-120 mph. Since the shingles themselves also alternate in size, the design alone can add a lot of visual curb appeal to your home.


Appearance-wise, architectural shingles can be made to look like slate or cedar, and you can choose from a wide selection of base colours. Each choice offers different architectural styles that can complement or add unique characterization to your home. The upfront cost compared to three-tab, however, will be around 20% to 40% more expensive. That being said, the long-term benefits and lifespan of up to 30 years, makes the cost an investment. Plus, asphalt shingles will still see a recoup of 68.2%, according to Remodeling Magazines Cost vs Value.


Roofers in Vancouver


Army Roofing is a family-owned and operated business that pride themselves on their reputation for providing high-quality roofing. With a wide range of materials available, you can be sure to find your exact roofing needs. When you work with Army Roofing, they guarantee to get only the best quality of service and roofing installations.


Ready for a roof that brings peace of mind? Contact Army Roofing now!

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