Is it time to upgrade or replace your roof? If it is, you’ve probably considered the most common type in the US—asphalt shingles. But did you know there are different asphalt shingle types?
Learn about the three types so you can choose the best option for your home or business.
These traditional shingles derive their name from the fact they have three tabs on each shingle piece. Three-tab shingles lay flat on the roof. This type is the most affordable option, making it appealing to homeowners on a budget.
When treated properly, this type can last for several decades or between 20-30 years on average.
Asphalt shingles can be further categorized into either organic or fiberglass types.
Organic shingles have a mat made of cellulose from wood or paper.
Fiberglass shingles use a fiberglass base mat instead. This type is lightweight and thinner than organic shingles. Fiberglass is also more affordable than organic, and fiberglass shingles have a better fire rating.
Three-tab shingles come in many different colors and suit many different homes, from historical to contemporary.
Luxury, premium, or designer shingles are thicker than three-tab shingles. This type can add more visual appeal to your roof and imitate the appearance of slate, tile, or cedar shakes at a fraction of the cost. This makes them appealing to people with historic homes or those looking to improve the curb appeal of their houses.
However, luxury shingles cost more than three-tab shingles. Still, they cost significantly less than slate or cedar shakes. Homeowners with historical homes that want to mimic a certain look may find luxury asphalt shingles the more affordable option.
Keep in mind that luxury shingles weigh more than three-tab shingles. This makes them more durable, but that added weight may not be suited to every home.
Dimensional, laminate, or architectural shingles have different layers, which give your roof a dimensional look. These layers are composed of fiberglass and asphalt.
One of the biggest benefits of this type of asphalt roof shingles is that they’re extremely durable. In fact, this type of roof can last 30 years or more.
Dimensional shingles cost more than three-tab shingles but less than other traditional materials like wood shakes. You’ll also get a better warranty with architectural shingles compared to three-tab ones, so they may pay for themselves in the end.
Dimensional roof shingles are a great investment for both homeowners and business owners. Architectural shingles are one of the best types of commercial roofing that can create visual appeal without breaking a budget.
Which Type of Asphalt Shingles Is Right for You?
When comparing the pros and cons of the different types of asphalt roof shingles, budget, durability, and appearance should all influence your decision. Use our guide to get an idea of which asphalt shingles you might prefer, and then contact a roofing company to go over your options.
If you want to learn more homeowner tips, check out some of the other articles on our blog! We have plenty of advice for homeowners looking to update or maintain their homes.