3-Tab Asphalt Shingles Vs Architectural Shingles

3-Tab Asphalt Shingles Vs Architectural Shingles

3-Tab Asphalt Shingles Vs Architectural Shingles

It can be difficult to think about replacing a roof or repairing. This is especially true when it comes down to choosing the right materials. Many homeowners want to be aware of the options available. Shingles are likely to be part of this choice. There are many options for shingles. Most people don’t know that there are many colors and shapes available. Homeowners need to be familiar with the types of shingles available before they begin the roofing process. Shingles can be divided into architectural shingles or 3-tab shingles. Here’s a quick overview of Asphalt Shingles Vs Architectural Shingles:

Architectural Shingles

Architectural Shingles – can have many names. You can call them laminate shingles, or dimensional. Architectural shingles can be found in different sizes and shapes, as opposed to the more common 3-tab regular shingles. These shingles also reflect proportion, volume and depth. An architectural shingle can be used to enhance the characteristics of an asphalt roof and add dimension.

3-tab Shingles

This shingle is the same as traditional asphalt shingles, which are used for roofing projects. They have a single tab and are not dimensional. They can be placed flat on a roof’s decking to give it a neat and clean appearance. You can choose from a variety of colors.

Explaining the Differences in Roofing Materials:


Both 3-tab Shingles and architecture are made of asphalt. They have a mat backing, granules on the top and adhesives to adhere. These differences are due to the quality of the materials and the overall construction. Architectural shingles have a higher quality of asphalt than 3-tab shingles. These shingles also have a higher number of asphalt granules than 3-tab shingles. They also have stronger adhesives and a thicker, more durable base. The shingles can also be infused with color distinctions to enhance their appearance. This shingle is more likely to last for a longer time if it has been treated with surface granules.

3-tab shingles, on the other hand, are flat because they are made of identical size and shape tabs that are evenly distributed in rows. The 3-tab shingles are also available in multiple colors, but the coloration and texture are less intense than architectural shingles.


Other factors that distinguish architectural shingles from 3 tab shingles include the thickness of the shingles. They are heavier and thicker that 3-tab shingles. A thicker shingle is more resilient and stronger, and can withstand wind and other extreme weather conditions. Architectural shingles are also much more durable. Three-tab shingles are less durable, weaker and last less time than three-tab shingles. They are susceptible to damage from recurring bad conditions like hail and strong winds.

The Pros and Cons Of 3-Tab Asphalt Shingles Vs Architectural Shingles

Architectural Shingles Pros :

  • Popular choices for roofing materials
  • 50-year manufacturer guarantee
  • Resistance to higher wind speeds (up-to 130 mph wind protection).
  • They are twice as thick as 3-Tab Shingles and therefore more resistant to curling
  • Home’s value will increase

Architectural Shingles Cons

  • Higher priced (about 20-40% more expensive than 3-Tab Shingles)
  • They are heavier than traditional asphalt shingles, which could make them unsuitable to certain structures.

3 Tab Shingles Pros

  • Weighing less and containing less material
  • Less expensive
  • Because of its affordability, it is used in most residential communities

3-Tab Shingles Cons

  • They are often less thick and require replacement more quickly than anticipated.
  • Flat appearance is preferable to dimensional
  • Not quite as popular in use


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