Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in the country. They offer an appealing combination of affordability, attractiveness, and durability that has made them a favorite among homeowners for decades. There are two primary types of asphalt shingles: three-tab and architectural. In today’s post, A1 Siding and Roofing, the premier roofing contractor, discusses the main differences between these two types.
As a GAF Master Elite™ contractor, we can offer you the brand’s full shingle series. If you’re looking for a truly stunning roofing material, we recommend choosing architectural shingles. Unlike three-tab shingles, they come in various sizes and shapes, adding more depth and dimension to your roof. In fact, they can be designed to mimic the look of natural wood shakes. Three-tab shingles, on the other hand, come in only one size and shape, although they are available in a wide range of colors, so you still have excellent versatility when it comes to design.
Architectural shingles are also thicker than three-tab shingles. Because of this, they usually have a longer warranty period. Since three-tab shingles are thinner and much more lightweight, they are typically easier to repair and replace. The GAF Golden Pledge® warranty provides the strongest protection for both styles. You can enjoy up to 50 years of material coverage for the architectural shingles and 25 years for the installation. Meanwhile, three-tab shingles benefit from 20 years of protection for both materials and workmanship. This way, you can enjoy your new residential roofing system with complete peace of mind.
If you have the money for it, architectural shingles are an excellent investment. When properly installed they help boost your home’s beauty and overall value. Since they are more expensive, however, many homeowners opt for the simplicity and affordability of three-tab shingles. While they don’t quite match the beauty of architectural shingles, they still improve your home’s appeal and protection.
In need of a quality roof replacement? Look no further than A1 Siding and Roofing. We also offer residential and commercial roofing services. To learn more about your shingle choices, call us today at (603) 627-7339. You can also request a free roofing estimate. We serve Manchester, NH.