3-Tab and architectural shingles are among the most popular shingle options in the country. The two roofing materials are similar in design, but differ greatly in durability and appearance. Use this overview to decide which roofing material is right for your home.
• Performance: 3-Tab shingles and architectural shingles are very different when it comes to looks. 3-Tab shingles lie flat in a single pattern across your entire roof. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, are installed on your roof in an interlocking pattern. These patterns are made up of several layers of overlapping asphalt material—this extra roofing material also gives architectural shingles extra protection from the sun and wind. As a result, architectural patterns typically feature a longer warranty than 3-tab options.
• Looks: 3-Tab shingles are typically less decorative than architectural shingles. However, high-end 3-Tab shingles can add color to your roof while helping you match your neighbors. You can also stand out by upgrading to architectural shingles. The layers of asphalt and fiberglass that comprise an architectural shingle add visual depth to your roof. In addition, architectural shingles are available with exteriors that closely mimic slate and other materials. When it comes to visual beauty, architectural shingles are a great choice for your roof.
• Maintenance: The maintenance needs of 3-Tab and architectural shingles are actually quite similar. A single damaged shingles can be replaced by a professional with ease. The shingle can either be adjusted back into its original position or re-installed with long roofing nails. 3-Tab shingles should always be removed with a large amount of asphalt granules have fallen from the roof. These protective materials cannot be replaced, so shingle replacement is the only option.
Fentress Builders, Inc. is a preferred contractor for several organizations, including MetLife Auto and Home and The Hanover Insurance Group. You can learn more about our award-winning construction methods by browsing our projects on our website. Proudly serving the Indianapolis area, we can also be contacted by phone at (317) 899-9381.