Dimensional Shingle vs 3 Tab

It can be quite a simple to get lost in some of the types of shingles that are available today. Three Shingles versus dimensional shingles can often get lost in comparison. When we look at the two side-by-side it’s possible to see that there are some differences in manufacturing that are especially apparent when we compare the two. Here are some of the differences between shingles:

Dimensional Shingles

These shingles are often referred to as architectural shingles or laminate shingles. Their various sizes and shapes along their surface and this gives them a dimensional look. Almost every shingle looks almost like shake. These shingles typically weigh much more than the three tabs shingle design. They are roughly 50% heavier than the design of any three tabs shingle. This comes from their thickness.

With the increased thickness, these shingles typically have a longer warranty. Dimensional shingles are guaranteed to resist a much higher degree of wind and of the elements before they start to break down and require replacement.
The added thickness and the improved warranty also ensure that they cost a bit more than three tab designs. These shingles can really help to raise the value of your roof and they have become the preferred roofing option of many homeowners.

3 Tab Shingles

A three tab shingle is made up of only one shingle tab size and basic shape. An architectural shingle is often composed of one layer where is these materials are much more simple. They are thinner design and they are often made up of less materials. Because they weigh less, they can often be much easier to install.

3 tab shingles remain much thinner than architectural shingles and this shortens their year long guaranteed by about half. A three tab shingle roof needs to be properly repaired more often and will require replacement faster than any type of dimensional shingle roof. These shingles will always be much cheaper to install but they have declined in popularity because they are not seen to be the same value for homeowners. If you are interested in picking up some quality shingles for your home you should strongly consider the use of dimensional shingles today.

This post was written by Reggie Reed Jr! Reggie is the owner of Reggie Reed Roofing, a Clearwater roofing company. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. They offer a wide variety of roofing services for Residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches and more.