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Architectural shingles Vs 3 Tab| Which Is Better?

Architectural shingles Vs 3 Tab| Which Is Better?

Architectural shingles vs 3 tab, which should I choose? There are essentially two types of shingles in Houston. When replacing your roof you might have the choice between a 3-tab or architectural. 


We will always recommend architectural shingles.

Asphalt Shingles have much to offer in terms of low cost, shingles color and life expectancy. Before you make a choice, we want to provide you the homeowner the advantages of both types of asphalt shingles.

However, when it comes down to which shingle is better we highly recommend architectural shingles. If you want to know the reasons why we break it down in terms of…



Overall Aesthetic

Price | 3-Tab Wins

When it comes down to price 3-Tab shingles are the winner. As a result their main selling point is that they are cheaper than architectural shingles. But however, if you actually break down the price it may not be as cheap as you think.

Although 3 tab shingles will be less expensive to install, they will always need to be repair and replaced sooner than architectural shingles. 


On average the price difference between 3-Tab and Architectural Shingles is $15/SQ. In the roofing industry we measure everything with Squares. For example a 300sqft roof would convert into 30SQ.


30SQ x $15 = $450 Price Difference


*Note that this is an example and prices fluctuate from year to year, area to area, and company to company*

How Much Does An Asphalt Shingle Roof Cost?

When it comes to Asphalt Shingle Installation in Spring, TX you will be paying between $300/SQ – $450/SQ.



When it comes down to lifespan Architectural Shingles are the winner. Most importantly on average they have a 10-15 year longer lifespan.

3 Tab Shingles will last for 15-20 Years. 

Architectural Shingles will last for 25-30 Years. 

Architectural Shingles are just more durable. They are about 50% heavier than 3-Tab Shingles. They have more granules, stronger adhesive bonding, overall just made from better quality material. Therefore, they have a higher wind rating.

  • 3-Tab Shingles | 60MPH Wind Rating

  • Architectural Shingles | 120MPH Wind Rating



When it comes down to the overall aesthetic Architectural Shingles are the winner.


3-Tab Shingles have a flat look.


Architectural Shingles have many options in Dimensional look, More Color Options (Color, Hail Resistant, Luxury, etc.)

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