If you’re ready for a roof replacement, you may be stuck trying to decide between 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. Although both will protect your home and have a similar appearance, that’s about where the similarities end. When you talk with your Nashville or Knoxville roofing contractor about the type of shingles, make sure you understand the differences and why they’re recommending one over the other.
Style & Color Options
3-tab shingles come in fewer colors and only one style. If you want to add character to your home with a three-dimensional look on your roof, you want one of the many architectural style shingles. Some styles emulate slate others look like shake roofing. Certain lines are designer like stepped and scalloped style. You can also find cool roofing options in architectural shingles that aren’t available in 3-tab.
Although each manufacturer and line have their own length of warranty, in general, architectural shingle warranties are longer than 3-tab warranties. This is because they will last longer under the same weather conditions. You may get up to twice the life expectancy out of an architectural shingle versus a three tab.
Although features vary by line, some features you can expect in an architectural shingle include:
- Impact resistance
- Higher wind resistant ratings
- Stain fighting technology
They’re also heavier because they’re thicker. Their greater thickness is part of the reason they have higher wind and impact resistant ratings. This can lead to lower heating and cooling costs as they are slightly more insulative.
Call Mobley Brothers Roofing for a Free Estimate
When you are looking for a roofing contractor in Nashville or Knoxville, call Mobley Brothers Roofing for your free estimate. We are a GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor and A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. We offer free roof replacement estimates so call (865) 248-2772 or (615) 645-4500 or fill out our contact form today.