When it’s time for a new roof, you have a lot of decisions to make, starting with what type of asphalt shingles you want: 3-tab or architectural. Both types of shingles are very popular for residential roofs, so we’re going to quickly outline the benefits of each one so you can decide which makes sense for your home!

3-Tab Asphalt Shingles

The primary benefit of 3-tab shingles is that they are cheaper than architectural shingles, often between 20% and 40% cheaper. Asphalt 3-tab shingles typically come with manufacturer’s warranties of 25 years and are often rated for wind speeds of up to 60 mph. These types of shingles provide a flat, smooth appearance for your roof.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are a newer type of asphalt shingle, and they offer beautiful dimension and depth. Their unique laminated construction makes architectural shingles twice as thick as many 3-tab products, providing increased durability and longevity. Many architectural shingles come with manufacturer’s warranties of up to 50 years and wind ratings up to 120 mph. These types of shingles are more expensive than 3-tab shingles, but because they last longer, they do not need to be replaced as frequently and your long-term costs may end up being similar.

Our Recommendation

At Giuffre Contracting LLC, we recommend Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration shingles. This is a top-quality architectural shingle that’s available in a full range of color options. These specific shingles incorporate a fabric nailing flange that provides an extremely high wind rating. In fact, they come with a 130-mph manufacturer wind warranty for your protection.

For additional information about asphalt shingle types or Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration shingles, feel free to give us a call. We’re here to help you make informed decisions so you get the best roofing installation for your property’s needs. Contact us now!