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Architectural Shingles vs. 3-Tab Shingles vs. Metal Roofs

Comparison of Popular Roofing Choices

If you are considering a new roof, you need to first think about what type of roofing material that you want to cover your home. The three most popular types are architectural shingles, 3-tab shingles and metal. Here is a brief comparison of the three:

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are known to last 25 to 50 years, depending on how well they are taken care of. They have a wind warranty of 130 miles per hour so long as they are installed properly. They are often two times as thick as standard shingles, which means they are extremely durable and less likely to curl. While all of this sounds great, it will cost you. Architectural shingles cost anywhere from 20 to 40 percent more than standard 3-tab shingles.

3-Tab Shingles

3-tab shingles will not cost as much as architectural shingles, which is why so many people tend to opt for these types of shingles. They are also easier to install than architectural shingles. However, it is important to keep in mind that you won’t get as high of a quality of product. For example, 3-tab shingles only last 12 to 15 years and can only withstand 60 mile-per-hour winds. If you aren’t planning on staying in a home for an extended period of time, and you’re on a low budget, then 3-tab shingles may be an ideal choice.

Metal Roofing

Apart from shingles, another popular style of roofing material is metal. There is a huge difference between shingles and metal roofing, as it is a completely different cosmetic style not to mention cost, warranty, etc. One of the great things about a metal roof, especially when compared to architectural shingles and 3-tab shingles, is that it is easy to install. In addition, warranties can last between 20 to 30 years with roofs lasting at least 50 years. They also require minimal maintenance to stay in good shape. They’re extremely lightweight, eco-friendly, wind-resistant and fireproof. The problem comes in when you start looking at cost – metal roofs can cost three times the price of shingles.

In the end, it all comes down to your personal preference and your budget. Just because one style of roof may be superior to another style, it doesn’t mean that you have the budget right now to go with that roof nor does it mean that you are required to. Give us a call and schedule an appointment to sit down with us here at C and K Roofing to discuss what options are available to your specific situation.