Asphalt shingles remain the go-to roofing option for many homeowners across the country. Their hype is not unearned: shingle roofing systems are proven to be tough and reliable. The fact that they’re more cost-effective than classic options, such as slate, wood shakes and tile, is also the reason for their enduring popularity. But if you’re planning to get an asphalt shingle roof this season, you’ll have to decide between the three main types.
- Three-Tab Shingles
This is the basic asphalt shingle option available to you. Three-tab shingles only have a single layer of asphalt, giving them a very flat appearance when installed over your home. Because of this same fact, this shingle type is more cost-effective than its upgraded counterparts. Three-tab shingles can provide good enough weather performance – just don’t expect them to last as long.
- Dimensional or Architectural Shingles
Mild-level, sure, but architectural shingles are several steps up the quality ladder compared to three-tab. They come with two or more layers of asphalt fused together, allowing for a thicker material that can also provide a lovelier, more dimensional appearance. Architectural shingles can provide the natural beauty of authentic slate and wood shakes, but at a fraction of the cost.
Because they are thicker than the basic shingle option, they can also deliver better, longer lasting weather protection for your home. As far as material options are concerned, architectural shingles check all the boxes of what an excellent asphalt roof should be. Just make sure they are installed by a trusted roofing contractor like Total Roof Services Corp.
- Designer Shingles
If you want a high-end shingle roof that can help improve your curb appeal – and you have the budget for it – you should consider designer shingles. They represent the top tier of asphalt shingle roofing, and they definitely look it. Designer shingles are even more beautiful than architectural shingles, closely resembling genuine wood shakes, slate and tile. They also offer the highest ratings for fire, impact damage and wind resistance.
Aside from storm damage roof repair, Total Roof Services Corp. can also work on your roof installation needs. With our high-quality GAF asphalt shingle roofing systems, we’ll help keep your home safe and protected from inclement Florida weather all year round. We proudly serve Orlando and all the areas in Central Florida. Call us today at (407) 495-4151, or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We’d love to hear from you!