Laminated, Dimensional & Architectural vs. Asphalt Shingles

Roofing Solutions of Texas Shingle Roof on Residential House

Unlike their asphalt shingle counterpart, the basic 3-tab shingle, architectural roofing replicates the look of a cedar or shake roof.

By far the more popular material, laminate shingles provide greater protection for homes in addition to aesthetic benefit.

Added Benefits of Dimensional Shingles

Not only does this style use notches to help imitate the natural appearance of slate or cedar shakes. Dimensional shingles are much more fire and wind-resistant and have a longer lifespan than basic asphalt roofs.

This is because architectural shingles are heavier. Instead of being two, three or four tab cutouts of a single layer of asphalt, they are made of several layers of asphalt over a base of fiberglass or felt, which is then covered by mineral granules.

The layers give a “dimensional appearance,” which the random notches complement.

  • Many size & shape options
  • Raises home curb appeal
  • 35-50+ average year lifespan
  • Durable / fire & wind-resistant

More and more, residential homeowners are choosing to invest in this material, to give their home a beautiful look that can last up to 40 years or so.

Benefits of Basic Asphalt Shingles

Although we recommend laminate, there are still homeowners who choose 3-tab shingles because of their cost.

Asphalt shingles are, generally speaking, 20-30% less than laminate, while still providing a solid 25-35 years of protection for homes.

Because of their flat design (single layer of asphalt), homeowners can clean them easier and pay less when a repair is made or when replacement of broken or cracked shingles is needed.

  • Easier to clean
  • More affordable
  • Easy to spot damage
  • Extreme low-slope solution

Most older homes in Texas or those without a roof replacement in the past 20 years or so likely have three-tab shingles.

Are You In Need of New Roof Installation?

Is it time to install a new roof on your home? …Maybe it’s time for a complete roof replacement?

If so, rely on TX Roofing Solutions to get it done to your specifications. We routinely install (and repair) both dimensional and three-tab asphalt roofs in the Ft. Worth, Texas, area.

To determine which option is best for your home, including cost, design, styles and more, please call our friendly staff today. We’d be more than happy to schedule a free, no-obligation roof inspection and discuss your situation on-site.

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