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.
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.