Asphalt shingles are far and away the best-selling new roof materials. If you do any research on asphalt shingles for your new roof, however, you will find that they come in two types: 3-tab and architectural shingles. If you are in the market for a new roof for your Sutton or Douglas home, LJ Construction offers this discussion of the pros and cons of each asphalt shingle type.
3-tab shingles are a single layer of asphalt with slits in the bottom end to create the appearance of three shingles (“3-tab”). Architectural shingles are made up of multiple, overlapping layers, with more of a textured appearance.
Being thicker in material, architectural shingles typically come with warranties of 40-50 years. (LJ Roofing’s trusted suppliers, such as GAF and CertainTeed, even offer products with a limited lifetime warranty for your new roof.) 3-tab shingles, meanwhile, typically offer only 20-30 year warranties.
Many of us grew up with the simple look of 3-tab shingles on Massachusetts roofs. With their more layered, textured appearance, architectural shingles offer perhaps a more distinctive look for your Worcester area home.
Architectural shingles do cost more than 3-tab. If costs are tight for your new roof installation, talk to your roofer about specific price differences for these two products.
In short, if cost matters for your project, 3-tab might be a good option. Otherwise, architectural shingles offer significant advantages. Contact LJ Construction in Dudley, MA today for a free estimate on asphalt shingle prices for your new roof project.