• Eric Hernandez

Architectural Shingles vs 3-Tab Shingles | Which Is Better?

When replacing your roof you might have the choice of Architectural or 3-Tab Shingles. In this blog and video we will talk about which shingles is better and why.

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



Overall Aesthetic


When it comes down to price 3-Tab shingles are the winner. Their main selling point is that they are cheaper than architectural shingles. However if you actually break down the price it may not be as cheap as you think.

On average the price difference between 3-Tab and Architectural Shingles is $15/SQ. In the roofing industry we measure everything with Squares. So 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*


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

  • 3-Tab Shingles | 15-20 Years

  • Architectural Shingles | 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. Because of this 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 | Flat look

Architectural Shingles | Dimensional look, More Color Options (Color, Hail Resistant, Luxury, etc.)

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