Today's Charlotte Roofing Tip: The Advantages and Disadvantages of 3-Tab Asphalt Shingles

The three tabbed asphalt shingle has gained quite a reputation for the past several years in the roofing market. Many residential buildings opt for the 3-tab asphalt shingle roofing because of some obvious reasons that we’ll discuss below.

However, the tides are shifting: now, 3-tab asphalt shingles aren’t quite the boom they previously were. For equally obvious cons, this type of roofing is now being replaced with other options that have more benefits in the long term.

Here in this blog post, we’ll shed some light into what made 3-tab asphalt shingles the talk of the town and what has now led to its downfall.

The Advantages of 3-Tabbed Asphalt Shingle Roofing

This kind of shingle material appeals to the general public because of its lower cost in both purchasing it and getting it installed. It’s a hassle free bargain that initially seems easy on your pocket. 3-tab asphalt shingles are also much easier to repair than other materials in the market. Plus, they come in a huge variety of textures and colors all the more increasing its appeal to the population.

The Disadvantages of 3-Tabbed Asphalt Shingle Roofing

If you’ve used these shingles on your home before, you’ll know that the list of cons clearly outweigh the pros.

Starting off, the 3-tab shingles isn’t as sturdy as it may seem. It doesn’t perform well in bad weather and is liable to breakage when high winds come rolling in. It’s also not as resistant to moisture as other materials. All of this leads to frequent and great amount of repairs needed especially after a storm has hit. Thus, 3-tab asphalt shingles are really not cost-effective in the long run.

These shingles also require proper attic ventilation or else they don’t deliver well. They also have a generally shorter age than other shingles and this comes together with shorter warranties. At most, they will last you 15 years (20 if you keep it well maintained).

Should you go down the 3-tab asphalt road? Perhaps it’s best to discuss this with your Charlotte roofing contractors you are talking to and keep in mind the pros and cons of this type of roofing.

Contact Southern Star Roofing for all your roofing needs today!