The Different Types of Asphalt Shingles

When you’re in the market for a new asphalt roof in Maryland, you are going to hear three different options for shingles from contractors: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury asphalt shingles. But what is the difference between these three types of shingles, and what is your best option? Well, the team here at Roof Right has assembled a comprehensive guide to the different types of asphalt shingles, as well as how they compare to each other. 

The Different Types of Asphalt Shingles

In Maryland, you will be hard pressed to find a residential roof that is not using asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofs are the most common type of residential roofing today, so it is important to know as much as you can about them. Here’s a detailed look at each type of asphalt shingles:

3-Tab Shingles

The 3-tab asphalt shingle was, up until recently, the most commonly used shingle on roofs in Maryland. 3-tab shingles are strips composed of 3 asphalt tabs that lay flat on your roof. 3-tab shingles are the most affordable option and are fantastic for those on a tighter budget. However, one of the reasons that they are more affordable is because of the way that they operate. Since these shingles lay flat together on a strip, if one of the tabs is damaged or lifted due to wind or hail damage, this negatively affects the entirety of the strip. Because of things like this, 3-tab shingles have the lowest life expectancy at around 25 years.

Dimensional Shingles

Dimensional shingles are the more middle of the road option for asphalt roofs. Dimensional shingles are the most common type of asphalt shingles used on roofs today. Dimensional shingles are a very attractive option, giving your roof a randomized pattern that provides a 1:1 feel to your home. These shingles are also more popular due to their 30-year prorated warranty options and their 30 year lifespan. However, these shingles do cost more as a result of this, with dimensional shingles normally being about 15% more expensive than 3-tab shingles.

Luxury Shingles

Luxury shingles are the creme de la creme, the most premium option for asphalt shingles. These shingles will cost around twice as much as dimensional shingles, with good reason. These shingles offer a look that very closely resembles slate tile, which will look magnificent on any home. It’s not only the beauty that comes with the price increase, it is the use of excellent quality materials that have been seen to give some homeowners a roof lifespan of 50 years! 

About Roof Right

Replacing your roof can be a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be! Roof Right, located in Carroll County, Maryland, works directly with clients to ensure that every step of the process is as straightforward and stress-free as possible. Since 1994, we have been providing excellent service to Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County and Montgomery County. Schedule a virtual estimate today!