Increasing curb appeal, raising home value, and improving the quality of your home are all reasons to consider updating your roof. If your roof has suffered damage from a storm, is showing signs of aging, or if you just want a visual change, you need to know the basics of asphalt shingles.
When installed by a dependable and licensed contractor, asphalt shingles are expected to have a lifespan of at least 20 years, often surpassing 40 years or more. This is an investment you’ll feel good about if you select the appropriate product for your home.
In addition to the various styles and colors of shingles available to suit your exterior, asphalt shingles are affordably priced and durable in most environments.
There are 3 main types of asphalt shingles that we’ll go over below – three-tab, dimensional and luxury.
See below for differences in the three types of shingle classifications.
Construction: durable fiberglass mat base coated with mineral granules, which provides color variation
Advantages: economical and budget friendly choice, long lasting for 20 years or more, minimalist horizontal visual
Disadvantages: simple visual appearance, thin and lightweight product, laid in a flat layer in a brick-like pattern, shingles are easy for winds to blow off if not properly installed, could require repairs after strong winds
Construction: Heavy fiberglass mat base coated with dense mineral granules, various shapes and sizes of tabs contribute to the layered and dimensional look
Advantages: thicker than three-tab shingles, improved quality and longer lasting (some warranted 30 years to life), better range of colors and styles, enhanced visual, 75% less expensive than wood shakes, most common shingle type installed on residential homes
Disadvantages: higher upfront cost (often 20% more expensive than three-tab shingles)
Construction: two or three laminated layers of heavy fiberglass mat base coated with dense mineral granules, more diverse shapes, sizes and colors for the ultimate dimensional layered look
Advantages: expanded color range, thicker construction for more dramatic depth and shadows, typically imitate natural slate or cedar shake roof in appearance while reducing costs (luxury asphalt shingles are 10 times less than a slate roof), weight provides additional strength and durability from impact, Homeowners subject to hail, tornados, or hurricanes might consider this product.
Disadvantages: more expensive than dimensional and three-tab shingles, heavier than standard shingles (need to ensure roof can support the weight)