When it comes to roofing, one of the most important decisions you'll have to make is what type of shingles to use. Two of the most popular options are three-tab shingles and dimensional shingles, but what's the difference between the two?
Three-tab shingles are the most basic and economical option. They are called "three-tab" because they have three equally sized cuts across the shingle, giving them a uniform and flat appearance. These shingles are generally thinner than dimensional shingles, and as a result, they are also lighter and easier to install. However, they have a shorter lifespan and are not as durable as dimensional shingles.
On the other hand, dimensional shingles are also known as "architectural" or "laminate" shingles. They are called dimensional because they have a more textured and three-dimensional appearance, with multiple layers of shingles that are fused together. These shingles are thicker and more durable than three-tab shingles, and they have a longer lifespan, typically lasting 20-30 years or more. They also offer more color and style options, allowing you to add more visual interest to your roof.
So which type of shingle is right for you? The decision ultimately comes down to your budget and the level of protection you need for your home. If you're looking for a cost-effective solution that will get the job done, three-tab shingles may be the way to go. However, if you're willing to invest a little more upfront, dimensional shingles offer a higher level of protection and a more attractive appearance.
When it comes to roofing, it's important to consider all of your options and make the best decision for your home. Both three-tab shingles and dimensional shingles have their pros and cons, so be sure to weigh the factors that are most important to you before making a final decision. Anderson Roofing and Repairs can help explain the differences between both and show you samples of each shingle