3-Tab shingles have been around for decades. The reason these shingles are called 3-Tab is because there are 3 distinct tabs per every shingle. The tabs were designed to allow the water to flow off the shingles more easily. Aesthetically, the 3-tab will lay flat, providing no “texture” to the roof. They are lighter than Architectural shingles, and will not last as long. In Florida, most 3-Tab shingles don’t meet the wind requirements of 110 mph. They were originally designed for 60 mph gusts. This is why most every roof replacement has architectural shingles installed now.
The most popular shingles on the market today are Architectural shingles. There are many different names for this kind of shingle, including; Dimensional, Laminated, 3-D and Architectural. The Architectural shingles have different size tabs that give the roof a dimensional, textured look. Most Architectural shingles on the market today come with a Life Time Pro-rated warranty.
There are many manufacturers of Architectural singles. So how can you tell them apart?
Three ways, look at the:
At Kinard Construction and Roofing, we use Owens Corning, GAF and IOK. They can weigh up to 50% more than other shingle brands. With a wind warranty starting at 110 mph sustained winds, that will shatter the 3-Tab 60 mph warranty, and durability that will shatter the 3-Tab 10 to 15 year life span, IKO has brought shingles into the new century. IKO makes a shingle we can stand behind to protect your family, as well as ours.
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