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Davis Roofing: Article About Architectural Vs. Three Tab Shingles

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For someone who's already decided that asphalt shingles are the best choice for the roof, there's still a decision to be made between architectural and three tab shingles. Most Davis roofing companies could install either one, but the homeowner has to consider the cost and what type of look is preferable. Fully understanding what the choices entail helps to make a decision.

Architectural and three tab shingles each have their own unique look. Three tab shingles sit flat against the roof and have a uniform look. Architectural shingles, on the other hand, are thicker than three tab shingles, and they even vary in thickness on the home's roof. This gives the roof are more three dimensional, textured look. In fact, some people call them dimensional shingles for this reason. Architectural shingles are generally considered a high end choice and were created to offer the same type of look as cedar shake shingles while providing the benefits of asphalt shingles.

Affordability is one of the biggest factors in a homeowner's decision. Depending on brand, architectural shingles can cost anywhere from 20 percent more than three tab shingles to double the cost. Of course, many also choose to factor in the longevity.

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Since architectural shingles can last longer than three tab shingles, many feel that they're worth the initial upfront costs. A homeowner who chooses three tab shingles will likely have to replace the roof sooner than someone who chose architectural shingles.

Since they're thicker, architectural shingles can weigh much more than three tab shingles. This could play a role in the decision, as it's possible that the home simply wouldn't be able to bear the weight of the heavier shingle. Anyone considering architectural shingles should definitely consult with a roofing contractor experienced in working with the materials to find out whether the home can accommodate the weight.

Choosing architectural shingles for the roof can increase the home's value, but it's important to consider whether it's the right fit. For example, if these shingles are installed on the roof of a starter home in a neighborhood where most homes have three tab shingles, buyers may not be willing to pay the extra costs when it comes time to sell the house. On the other hand, choosing three tab shingles in an area where all of the other homes have architectural shingles may make it difficult to sell the home down the line.

Both architectural and three tab shingles have their own benefits. When planning for a new roof, carefully take the time to decide which one is best for the home.

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