Before diving in to the roof replacement process, it's important for homeowners to have a basic understanding of what options will be available to them. One of the most popular roofing choices are asphalt singles because of their reliability, great price and variety. Within the category of asphalt shingles, there are more choices the homeowner is presented with- 3-tab shingles or Architectural shingles. We break down the difference between the two!
3-Tab Shingles are a single tab with a non dimensional shape. They are placed flat on the roof and provide a clean look. Roofers refer to a shingle as 3-Tab because it is made up of three individual tabs that are a 12” wide. They come in a variety of different colors. This type of shingle is what is usually associated with traditional asphalt roofing materials.
Pros to 3-Tab
  • Less expensive
  • More common in residential communities
  • Lighter and consist of less material
Cons to 3-Tab
  • Less thick than architectural shingles
  • Shorter lifespan
  • Flat appearance
Architectural Shingles are often called laminate shingles or dimensional shingles. The tabs on these roofing shingles are of varying widths and have slightly different shades of color to give a more dimensional appearance.
Pros to Architectural
  • Twice as thick as 3-tab
  • Longer lifespan
  • Better curb appeal
  • Increased property value
Cons to Architectural
  • More costly
  • Heavier material than 3-tab
Whether you choose 3-tab shingles or architectural shingles, there will be benefits and drawbacks to each. If you're not sure which would be best for your home, our project consultants are highly trained to guide you in this process. Give MLM a call 844-MLM-ROOF and we would be proud to serve you!