Asphalt Shingle Styles for Residential Roofing
Across the country, the most popular type of shingle for residential roofing is the asphalt shingle. Over the years, technology has dramatically increased the quality, durability, and style choices of asphalt shingles. While quality and durability are the most important factors, the style of asphalt shingle you choose for your home can have a dramatic impact on your home’s curb appeal and visual aesthetic.
There are three main styles of asphalt shingles: Three-tab shingles, Dimensional shingles (also called Architectural or Laminate), and Luxury or Premium shingles. Below, we’ve outlined each of the three styles to help you make an informed decision on your next roofing project.
Three tab shingles are the most basic of the shingle roofing options. They are made using a durable fiberglass base mat coated with various kinds of mineral granules, which gives each piece slightly varying color tones. The main benefits of this shingle type are its clean horizontal appearance and its affordability. Additionally, these shingles can be fairly durable in the right conditions and with proper care, lasting up to 20 years depending on the brand used. However, there are not many aesthetic options other than color and there is a potential for having shingle blow-off in areas prone to high winds.
Dimensional asphalt shingles.
Dimensional shingles, also referred to as Architectural or Laminate shingles are extremely durable, especially when compared to Three-Tab shingles. The numerous shapes and colors give your roof a multi-dimensional appearance that can last up to 30 years or longer. While a more expensive up-front option, this shingle type provides a solution that is not only longer lasting, but also more visually appealing with regards to visual aesthetic and curb appeal. Dimensional shingles are made of two or more layers and deliver higher durability than their cheaper three-tab cousins, which allows for their longer lifespan and, typically, a much better product warranty.
Luxury (or Premium) shingles are the most expensive asphalt shingle style on the market but are a fraction of the cost of the natural slate or cedar shake shingles they are designed to replicate. Because these shingles are asphalt, they are much easier to install than their natural counterparts, further adding to the cost savings. This shingle type is ideal for homes designed to a specific aesthetic or period-style homes that require more interest on their roofs than simple protection from the elements. These shingles create interest from shadows and varying depth due to the natural slate or shake design and shape. Additionally, these shingles are a much heavier option than the other two asphalt options and can weigh up to twice as much as 3-tab shingles. This added weight adds to their durability, and is reflected in the material warranty they carry, which is the highest available for asphalt shingles.
Each of these asphalt shingle styles offers a variety of pros and cons. Whether you are looking for a cost-effective roof for your home, or something to add dimension to your curb appeal and set your home apart, Blue Frog Roofing can install your roof with our signature quality craftsmanship.