The Differences Between 3-Tab, Dimensional & Architectural Style Roofs

May 29, 2017

When in the market for a new shingle roof, there are a lot of styles to choose from. Three of the most popular are Three-Tab, Dimensional, and Architectural. Architectural Shingles, which are also known in roofing circles as dimensional or laminate shingles are much different than traditional 3-tab asphalt shingles. This type of shingle comes in various sizes and shapes, which can give your home’s roof a much more “dimensional” look and actually make a typical shingle roof appear to take on the virtues of a shake style roof. Another big difference when comparing these different roof styles is weight.

Take Architectural shingles for example, these weigh much more than 3-tab shingles. In fact, they weigh an incredible 50 percent more than the typical asphalt 3-tab shingles. When it comes to architectural shingles an obvious advantage is tied into its weight and thickness. Because these particular shingles are thicker than 3-tab shingles, you will enjoy a longer warranty compared to 3-tab shingles. Not just a few years, with Architectural shingles you will enjoy a minimum 30 year guarantee. Plus, this particular roof style is tested to stand up to stronger wind speeds without any issue! However, 3-Tab shingles are more affordable, meaning that if you are on a tighter budget, 3-Tab shingles make sense.

No matter what roofing style you choose, it’s crucial that you choose a reputable company that has a stellar reputation. Since 1945, Wheaton Door & Window has been providing the entire Washington D.C. area with the highest quality windows, doors, and roofs. Wheaton isn’t just any old roofing company; we are a Certified Master Roofer and proudly serve homeowners in Gaithersburg, Woodbridge, Arlington, District Heights, Washington DC, and throughout the metro. We’d love the opportunity to come out and show you why our customers come back time and time again for all of their home improvement needs.