Alpha Team Roofing & Exteriors will ensure that you choose the roof that best aligns with your needs. For single family dwellings with sloped roofs, asphalt shingles are the most common and affordable solution.
Asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of styles, textures, and colors. Additionally, they are effective and durable, affordable and require minimal maintenance. Whether you choose architectural shingles or three-tab shingles, asphalt singles utilize some of the most advanced design, manufacturing, and testing techniques in the industry. Alpha Team Roofing and exteriors is familiar with all asphalt shingle types and will help you select the right ones or your home.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles fall into three categories:
1.) Three Tab Shingles – also referred to as strip shingles.
2.) Dimensional Shingles – sometimes referred to as laminate shingles or architectural shingles.
3.) Luxury Shingles – also referred to as premium shingles.
Although all three types of shingles are made of similar materials, they differ in significant ways. Here are the high points of differentiation:
Three Tab Shingles
Three Table Shingles are extremely affordable. Under the right conditions, they can last up to two decades. However, in areas of Central Texas like Austin, that experiences hailstorms and windstorms with some frequency, roofs do not typically last that long. Also, the downside of three-tab shingles is that there are fewer aesthetic options and have a greater tendency to blow off.
Also known as strip shingles, three-tab shingles get their name from the way they are cut and installed. The most basic form of shingle, they are comprised of one lay of asphalt and cut into strips. They appear flat, which can create the illusion of a slate roof. However, they are lightweight and more affordable than other roofing types. Barring any natural or man-induced disasters, the lifespan of three-tab shingles is typically 18-20 years. At Alpha Team Roofing & Exteriors, we typically install these roofs for families on a budget, or on rental homes.
Also known as laminate shingles or architectural shingles, dimensional shingles are the most popular type of asphalt shingles. During the manufacturing process, these shingles are given two or more layers to provide a more multi-faceted appearance. Designed to create the aesthetic feel of slate or wood shake materials, dimensional shingles certainly provide more curb appeal. Although these shingles can add more weight to your roof, this potential downside is outweighed by their appearance and durability.
According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), asphalt shingles account for three-quarters of all roofs installed in the United States today. Dimensional shingles are typically accompanied by a 30-year manufacturer’s warranty, and can last for 25-28 years (again, barring things like severe inclement weather).
The extra strength provided by dimensional shingles – particularly if you reside in hail-prone, tornado or hurricane regions – is typically viewed as being worth the more than 20 % additional cost over three-tab shingles. As is the case throughout the country, this is the most common shingle installed by Alpha Team Roofing & Exteriors.
More affordable than slate or wood shingle alternatives, but comparable in aesthetic appeal, luxury asphalt shingle of choice for premium home buyers. Offering premium weather protection, these shingles are also come in a wide variety of color options. These shingles best mimic higher cost slate and wood shake shingles and are typically double the weight and cost of three-table shingles. In the absence of severe weather or other unforeseen circumstance, these roofs can last 25-30 years. However, in Texas, where severe storms are common and 30-year roof lifespans unlikely; people often choose dimensional shingles as a happy medium between three-tab shingles and luxury shingles. At Alpha Team Roofing & Exteriors, we typically install these shingles for homeowners that want the look of slate or wood shaker without the financial burden.
When it is time to replace your roof, there is little time to spend selecting shingles. Contact Alpha Team Roofing & Exteriors today to schedule your no-cost consultation.