3 Tab Asphalt Shingles
3 tab asphalt shingles are typically the most common and least expensive asphalt shingle option.
3-tab shingles are also simple to install and have the classic look most often associated with asphalt shingles.
The 3 tab look is very popular choice for homeowners. One of the reasons for the popularity is that there are so many variations of the same basic 3 tab style, ranging from different types of durability to different colors and patterns.
The traditional look 3-tab shingles are very popular, but there is now an increasing popularity for different types of architectural asphalt shingles that have profiles with such features as random shadows and patterns of slate, wood shingles, and ceramic tile.
However, with specialty shingles, you need to check that the shingle has two full layers, and not just a half-width of lower lamination.
Also, make sure the specialty shingles are labeled as complying with ASTM D-3462 or ASTM D-225 standards.
When installing traditional shingles, there needs to be extra caution to have the shingles laid out properly, so that the tabs line up correctly. Otherwise, it is easy to get a haphazard, wavy appearance to the roof, which is undesireable.
On the other hand, surface patterns in architectural shingles often obscure the shape of the shingles themselves, providing desired appearances with less effort on the layout end.
These potential savings in installation time can help offset some of the higher prices with specialty shingles, if you decide not to go with 3 tab shingles.
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