Architectural vs 3-tab Shingles

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.