One of the most common questions we get from homeowners is what the difference is between architectural and 3-tab shingles, and which route they should go.
The major differences break down in to three main categories.
Durability, Design and Price
Architectural shingles are equipped with double the amount of asphalt, making them more capable of withstanding the elements. Due to this increase in durability, architectural shingles will have a higher wind rating and a longer warranty from the manufacturer.
This is all personal preference. Some people prefer the uniform design that 3-tab shingles provide, while others much prefer the depth and layers that architectural give a home.
Architectural shingles will cost you more at the time of installation. This price increase is minimal in comparison to the added protection that it will provide your home. The cost of upkeep will be the same with these two products, however the time between roof replacements will typically be longer with architectural shingles.
Ultimately this is a decision that requires every home owner to weight out the pros and cons, but we hope we this will help anybody torn between the two. If you prefer the look of 3-tab, have little wind or hail around your home and want to spend as little as possible on the front end, then 3-tab might be your answer. However, if you prefer the look of architectural, want a longer roof life and need extra durability to protect against limbs and hail, we would absolutely recommend architectural. If you have any further questions on the matter please feel free to reach out to us.