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Three-tab Vs Architectural: Which Asphalt Shingle is Best for You?

Storm damage, age, and desire to increase curb appeal or improve energy efficiency are all valid reasons for roof replacement. Asphalt shingles are a wise option when it comes to replacing your roof. They are the most common, are affordable, and offer a great variety of colors and styles. Which asphalt shingle system would be best for your roof? 

There are two main types of asphalt shingles. Three-tab and architectural. Each offers benefits and should be compared during the decision process. 

What are the Types of Asphalt Shingles?

Three Tab Asphalt Shingles

Three tab shingle.

These are the most common of all shingles, and the most affordable. They are also lightweight when compared to the other roofing systems, easy to maintain, and can last up to 20 years. These shingles are designed with three tabs at the bottom of the shingle, making them easy to install. The simple uniformity of these shingles offers a completely polished appearance. They are easy to maintain and should be inspected regularly just to be on the safe side. 

Architectural Shingles

These shingles are also lightweight, although slightly heavier than the three-tab. They are comprised of durable fiberglass, with a ceramic coating of mineral granules held together tightly. These shingles can mimic the look of other more expensive roofing systems. 

What are the Differences Between These Two Types of Shingles? 


Three-tab shingles offer a clean finish when fully installed. They can match the home beautifully due to the variety of colors available. As mentioned above, architectural shingles give your home a more luxurious look due to the ability to mimic other roofing systems. 


The three-tab shingle is lightweight, as it is one layer of material. This system is the lightest of all roofing materials available in a home. Architectural shingles are multiple layers of materials and can be 50% heavier than their counterpart. This weight allows them to be more durable and longer lasting. 


Due to the difference in weight and structure, the architectural shingle does cost more to install. However, if quality and long-term durability are important to you, then this is the way to go. Three-tab shingles are more affordable, and better for normal homes. Architectural shingles tend to be a better option for high-end homes.

Wind Resistant

architectural shingles.

Jacksonville is no stranger to hurricanes. On average, Northeast Florida gets hit by a hurricane every 6.5 years. That is something to consider when choosing a roofing system. Architectural shingles are slightly more durable considering the extra thickness and weight they provide. These shingles can resist winds up to 120 mph, while three-tab can only sustain about half of that speed. Regular inspection is suggested regardless of which system is on your roof. 

When it comes to replacing your new asphalt roof, there are so many considerations. It is wise to discuss all of your options with a reliable, local roofing company. Elo Roofing in Jacksonville is available Monday – Friday, 8:30 to 5:30 to discuss your options and the best roofing system for you and your family.  

We are expert roofers with experience in the Jacksonville climate and can assist you with the highest level of customer service. All our work is backed up by a 10 year workmanship warranty so you can trust Elo Roofing to get the job done right! 

Call today at (904)574-5341


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