Common Types Of Shingles
3 Tab Shingles
3 Tab Shingles
These are composed of one flat layer and do not have a dimensional look to them. Because they are more simple and are made up of less material they weigh less than architectural shingles. three tab shingles are less thick than architectural shingles and the typical three tab shingle is rated for 60mph winds. The three tab shingles usually have a shorter year guarantee.
These are also known as "dimensional" or "laminate" shingles. They differ from traditional 3 tab shingles because the actual shingle tabs are cut in various sizes and shapes. These various sizes and shapes give them a more 3 dimensional look. Architectural Shingles are made of more material & on average weigh about 50% more than 3 Tab shingles. They have a longer warranty and resist wind speeds between 80mph - 120mph. Originally designed for higher end homes, they are being more commonly used.
Faux-Laminate for lack of a better term, a fake architectural shingle, these shingle were made to look like an authentic architectural shingle, but are still 3‐tab. One of the most common types of faux-laminate roofs is Atlas Chalet, created by the Atlas Roofing Corporation. This type of shingle has been known to deteriorate ten times faster than other shingles and have been known to blister and crack; sometimes within the first year!
Many faux-laminte shingles are discontinued which means when they sustain storm damage, the roof has to be completely replaced. When a shingle is discontinued, no materials of the like, kind, or quantity (or LKQ) can be found on the market anymore. If minimal storm damage is found, an insurer will typically replace the roof completely. Because a faux-laminate is truly a 3-tab shingle, it is sometimes replaced with a 3-tab shingle, but we try to work with insurers to replace it with a true architectural shingle because a faux-laminate shingle was presented as an architectural shingle, our logic is; it should be replaced with the real thing.