Shingle Roofs

Architectural and Shingle Roofs

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The two most common shingles offered in residential roofing are 3-Tab shingles and architectural or dimensional shingles. Most homes in the Shreveport area that are older than 10 years old are roofed with the traditional 3-Tab shingle. Architectural shingles, however, are quickly rising in popularity and are now the number one shingle style used on many of America’s homes.

If you have ever had your home inspected by a roofing contractor, you may have heard them refer to a shingle as 3-Tab, because it is made up of three individual tabs that are 12 inches wide. Typically, 3-Tab shingles come in either 20yr, 25yr, or 30 yr warranty. Like Architectural shingles, 3-Tab roofing shingles are asphalt-based products that work by shedding water to the shingle below.


Architectural shingles come with a minimum 30yr warranty from the manufacture, but most architectural shingles now come with a lifetime warranty. Architectural shingles are actually two asphalt shingle strips that have been laminated together to form a shingle that originally tried to replicate the wood shake roofs. The tabs on these roofing shingles are of varying widths and have slightly different shades of color to give a more dimensional appearance.

What are the advantages to installing architectural shingles?

  • Better curb appeal
  • Longer manufacture warranty
  • Higher wind resistance
  • Better resistance to hail impacts
  • Includes protection against black algae stains

Which Shingle is Right for Your Roofing Project?

3-Tab Shingles (25 Year Shingle/Architectural Shingles)
Life Expectancy 12yr or 15yr 25yr or Lifetime (50 yrs)
Wind Warranty 60mph 130mph With Proper Installation

Architectural shingles are by far a superior product to older 3-Tab shingles. However, this type of new single will cost more and might not always be needed depending on your budget. As a general rule, Architectural shingles cost about $16.00-$25.00 per sq. more than a 25yr 3-Tab shingle. On a typical 30sq house, this cost can add somewhere between $480.00-$750.00 to the cost of materials. This price often varies, so make sure you get a specific quote from your roofer.

If you would like a shingle sample so that you can actually see the difference, give Hargrove Roofing, LLC a call at 318-626-5599 and one of our experienced roofing experts would be happy to come out and show you the difference between 3-Tab and Architectural shingles. If you live in a subdivision, you will most likely have real examples of both roofs nearby that we can point out to help compare and contrast the difference. Fill out the form on the right hand side of this page to receive your FREE no obligation quote today.

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