3-Tab Shingles vs Asphalt Shingles

3-Tab Shingles vs Asphalt Shingles

It’s time for a roof replacement, but you don’t know what type of shingles to switch to. Do you want an extra layer of protection or the tried-and-true cheap and popular version. We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of 3-Tab Shingles and Asphalt Shingles. 

3-Tab Shingles

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Can be installed over existing roofs: great for saving money but getting a new roof
Durable: there is a reason why this is the most popular shingle option for homeowners
3-tab shingles provide dimension and make roofs appear more textured: the tabs are actually flat but give the illusion of being 3 layers
Weather resistant but can get blown off in extreme winds: great at withstanding rain but can’t hold up well against wind
Comes in variety of colors and shapes: most shingles come in multiple hues
20 year lifespan: average for the price and roofing type

Asphalt Shingles

Variety of colors and shapes: shingles are usually available in multiple patterns and colors
Affordable: one layer of felt is super cheap but don’t very protective
Energy efficient: the asphalt reflects the sun, keeping your house cool
Don’t do well in climates with fluctuating temperatures: the shingles will crack and break, adding repair expenses
Can only be used on roofs that have slopes: can’t be used on flat roofs as the felt will absorb the water and cause leaks and mold
20 year lifespan: same lifespan as 3-tab shingles


If you need help choosing which shingle system is best for you, give our roofer a call at 215-544-1157. Jemar Contracting, LLC provides 3-tab shingles and asphalt shingles installation and repair in Philadelphia, PA.