The two most commonly used types of shingles are 3-Tab and Laminate. 3-Tab, commonly known as regular asphalt shingles, are flat and uniform in shape.
Laminated, oftentimes known as architectural shingles, are similar to asphalt shingles but come in different shapes and sizes with a heavier base mat. Due to its different sizes and shapes, it appears more dimensional than 3-Tab.
3-Tab shingles can be more than 50% lighter than Laminate, but have a more time-consuming installation process, which can cause both to be within a similar price range. When it comes to durability, Laminate wins every time. Laminate shingles are much heavier than 3-Tab and can stand stronger winds and severe forms of weather. They also retain their appearance for much longer which extends the longevity of your roof. Laminate shingles have the potential to save you money in the long-run, but may have more upfront costs.
When it comes to appearance, the preference between 3-Tab and Laminate is more about personal taste. Laminate has a more dimensional look that most would say is more appealing. They can even come in colorways to imitate slate or cedar, increasing the curb-appeal of your home.
Overall, the choice between 3-Tab and Laminate shingles comes down to budget, appearance, and longevity. Talk with an Aspen roofing professional today to learn more about which option is best for your home or building.