What type of roof shingles are best?

Asphalt roofing comes in two types. Laminated shingles, also known as “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles, are layered, and their thickness and depth make them look more like slate or wood shakes. Three-tab asphalt shingles, though similarly priced, are made in a single layer.

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What are different roof types?

  • Asphalt Shingles

    • Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used steep slope/residential roofing material used on roofs in the United States.
  • Wood Shake

    • The shake shingle is the inspiration for the modern day asphalt shingles.
  • Slate Shingles

    • Metal
    • Tile
    • Membrane Roofing Material

What is a 3 tab shingle roof?

They are currently the biggest player in the roofing market, outpacing all other roofing materials by a considerable margin. Asphalt shingles are manufactured in two different types: three-tab and architectural. Three-tab shingles are distinguished by cutouts—tabs—made along their long lower edge.

What is an architectural shingle?

Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural roofing shingles are among the highest quality roofing products made. Traditionally, they are composed of a heavy fiber glass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt.

The expected lifespan of an architectural asphalt shingle roof, often called a dimensional shingle roof, is 24 to 30 years in Florida. Architectural shingles start with a heavier mat base than a standard 3-tab shingle, typically fiberglass that has been coated with asphalt.