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Why you should choose architectural shingles over 3 -Tab for your home

November 10, 2018
Roofing Blog

Asphalt roofing is the most popular roofing material in North America due to their durability and ease of installation. Although there are a lot of styles and designs in the market there are two types that dominate the market and you probably saw them a lot, 3-tab and Architectural. 

Before the arrival of the architectural shingles, the 3 Tab dominant the market. Nowadays, more and more clients are choosing to go with architectural shingles.

Below we will explore the top reason why your next asphalt roof should be architectural !!


Architectural shingles are almost twice as thick compared to 3 Tab, therefore bring higher durability against curling and blistering. Architectural shingle also weighs more, while 3 tab weigh between 150-200 Lbs per square architectural shingle weigh 250-350 Lbs per square and even more.

Wind Resistance

Architectural shingle provides wind resistance between 90-130 mph while three-tab provides 60-80 mph wind resistance. We are prone to tornadoes and hail storms so this criteria is a big deal.


Architectural shingles have dimensional look while 3-Tab have a pretty flat appearance, installing architectural shingles not only enhances your home's curb appeal but also will raise your house value in a time of sale.

Architectural shingle vs three tab shingles comparison.

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