3-Tab Shingles are designed to be an economical solution when installing a new roof. This shingle style usually come with a 20-25 yr manufactures warranty, and range in weight from 190-240 lb per 100 sq. ft. The advantage of this shingle type is in its price, the disadvantage lies in its overall wind resistance and aesthetic appearance. The design has a very flat appearance and can telegraph decking imperfections making them much more noticeable.
Laminated Shingles are designed to resemble wood shingles. If appearance is an influential factor in addition to function, these value-added shingles have a number of different looks and color blends giving the roof a “layered” look. These shingles generally come with a 25-50 yr. manufactures warranty and weigh between 230-360 lbs per square. These laminated shingles weigh more and are stronger than economy shingles and, as a result offer a greater degree of wind, tear and blow-off resistance in addition to greater and longer warranties. Most are available with fungus resistance.
Designer Shingles are the ‘flagship” shingles of their respective manufactures. Each is unique in appearance and design to give a specific look while out performing other standard shingles. Most of the manufactures have designed different styles to emulate natural products like wood shingles, slate and tile, while others have unique styles of their own. These products come with 40 yr to lifetime warranties.
While the initial investment may be a little more than standard shingles, the increased resale value and overall aesthetic appearance of the home can easily justify the expense.
GAF Materials Corporation
America’s largest commercial and residential roofing manufacturer.
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TAMKO Building Products, Inc
Premiere manufacturer of quality roofing products for both residential and commercial customers.
Manufacturer roofing products for commercial and residential roofing and waterproofing applications.