Residential Roofing Solutions
The Truth Behind Shingle Names and Warranties Part 1
Monday, February 24, 2014
Nick Robbins

When beginning to search for a new asphalt shingle roofing system the names of the different shingle can be very confusing. In the construction world it seems that each person you speak to might have a different name for the roof system; Asphalt shingle, 3-tab shingle, architectural shingle, 3D shingle, Lifetime Shingle, 20 YR Shingle, 25 YR Shingle, 30 YR shingles……….. This can prove to be extremely hard to understand for a homeowner looking to purchase the first roof in their life. Let me try to break it down.

The first large decision a homeowner is based with when purchasing a shingle roofing system is to decide between the “3-Tab” Shingle Roofing System or the “Architectural” Shingle Roofing System. The major difference between these two high-quality roofing systems is the appearance and warranty that accompanies the products.  3-Tab shingle roofing systems generally have a prorated warranty that lasts between 20 and 25 years and have a flat appearance. Architectural, or 3 dimensional shingle roofing systems, have warranties that start at 30 years and go on up to 50 years. You might also see the term “limited lifetime” associated with an architectural shingle roofing system. Architectural shingles have a 3 dimensional appearance to them. Architectural shingles are slightly more expensive than 3-tab shingle roofing. Either option can be a great choice depending on your budget and your desired final appearance.

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