When you consider installing a new roof or are about to embark on a big roof-repair job, start by getting an idea of available materials. Asphalt shingles are the most common and economical roof option for most customers. Asphalt comes in a variety of styles and colors. In this blog, we’ll discuss the different types of asphalt shingles, and explain the pros and cons of each.
The first type of asphalt shingle is the three-tab shingle. Three-tab shingles are one of the cheapest and most common shingle types in America. They consist of a single sheet with three tabs cut into it. The coating on top of the shingle consists of a layer of granules that help block ultra-violet light.
Three-tab shingles come in different thicknesses, which help determine their longevity. Thicker shingles last longer than thinner ones but cost more. Asphalt shingles adhere to each other once placed and secured.
The trouble with three-tab shingles is that there isn’t as much variety as some other shingle types. They can blow off in strong winds, and they don’t last as long as architectural or luxury shingles. If you live in an area that suffers from high winds, look for stronger, more durable shingles.
Dimensional shingles have two layers of shingle material welded together, giving them a “three-dimensional” appearance. They last longer than three-tab shingles and come in a wider variety of styles, shapes, and colors. Many homeowners’ associations now require dimensional shingles because they’re more aesthetically pleasing and raise the “curb appeal” of homes.
Dimensional shingles are less likely to blow off because they are thicker than their three-tab counterparts.
They are also more expensive than the three-tab variety, but they make up for it by being stronger and lasting longer. They’re about 20 percent more expensive, on average. But they last longer and look better, so most consider it a fair trade-off.
The final type of asphalt shingle is the luxury shingle. There are more luxury shingles styles to choose from than the dimensional shingle, including ones that mimic shake or scalloped roofing tiles. Like the dimensional shingle, they don’t blow off. And luxury shingles look great without costing as much as other materials like slate or wood.
Luxury shingles are even more expensive than dimensional shingles, as you might expect, but they last much longer, between 40 years to the life of the roof, and consist of premium materials that require less maintenance. Luxury shingles are the best option for customers looking for longevity and excellent “curb appeal.”
It’s daunting to pick the right asphalt shingle for your roofing project. Take into account your budget and the various styles available. Also, consider how long you intend to stay in your home. Then consult with your homeowners’ association and one of our qualified salespeople for the best results. Give us a call for a free no-obligation consultation when you’re ready.