How to Express Your Essence Through Your Roof

Three Tab And Laminate Asphalt Roofing

In terms of asphalt roofing, there are usually two options to choose from when it comes to strength, style and durability. Of course, there are many different brands and colors to choose from, but you must first choose whether you want an old fashioned three tab product or a laminated asphalt product. This article compares these two main types of asphalt shingles.

Three Tab Shingles

It is hard to find product as durable as three tab asphalt at such an affordable price tag. Three tab asphalt shingles are the most affordable and basic roofing solution on the market. They are usually just square or rectangle in shape, without much designed to them. In fact, every shingle is probably the exact same size.

Wind Resistance and Insulation

Three tab shingles are usually only rated for 60 mph winds, and they have reduced efficiency. On the other hand, laminated shingles can resist twice as much win, up to 120 mph. Three tab shingles usually have lower R-Values so they cannot be used in extreme climates without additional insulation in the under layer. Some laminated shingles are thicker with much better insulation so they work in many harsh climates and don't require too much reinforcement.

Laminated Styles

Even more importantly to most homeowners is the fact that laminated shingles are made in so many different styles. First of all, because of the mere fact that laminated shingles are becoming more popular than three tab shingles, they are now made in a wider range of colors and shapes. In fact, most laminated shingles are made with varied shapes. This essentially means that you are able to create much more dynamic textures and layouts on your roof by using shingles with slightly different shapes. Of course, they are usually sold in packages so all of the shingles have the same color range and height, so they look great together, even when the different sizes are randomly installed.

The Cost Differences

In general, a laminated shingle is going to perform better in every way. So, what are the cost of this improved style and performance. In general, a laminated shingle is going to cost twice as much as a three tab shingle.

The cost of roofing products is usually measured cord into squares, which is 100 square feet. So, asphalt shingles might cost $200 to $350 per square, while three tab shingles cost closer to $100 per square.

For more information, get in touch with a company like Absolute Roofing.

About Me

How to Express Your Essence Through Your Roof

A couple of years after moving into my first home, I decided I needed a new roof. When I told the roofer that I wanted to express my essence, he asked if I wanted shingles or metal. However, I knew the idea could go deeper than that. For example, gardeners can put plants on their roofs, fashion gurus can match their roof to their home, those who crave extra space can make a roof patio, you can take cues from your favorite country, and there are thousands of other ways to express your essence. If this idea piques your interest, get comfortable and start reading. The posts in this blog are designed to inform you and hopefully guide you toward the perfect roof for you, your personality, your home and your family. My name is Kat. Thanks for reading!