Do you still have 3-tab shingles on your New Jersey home? You may be hesitant to switch to another form of roofing materials, especially when 3-tab shingles are affordable and do a good enough job. However, when an NJ roofer like RGB Construction recommends upgrading to architectural shingles, it is not just to make more money on your roofing replacement. Your friendly roofer is concerned about the structural integrity of your roof and your safety—for good reason. To make the decision to change out your shingles sooner than later, here are five reasons architectural shingles should be your next choice over 3-tab shingles.
1. 3-Tab Shingles Are Obsolete
When 3-tab asphalt shingles were introduced in the 1950s, they replaced the first strip shingle from the 1920s. Now, architectural shingles are coming to replace 3-tab shingles forever. In fact, as of November 2022, 3-tab shingles are obsolete. That’s right. You are going to have a hard time finding a color match for your 3-tab shingles in the coming future because they will no longer exist. Soon, you are going to have to choose between architectural shingles or something else. So why wait to upgrade the 3-tab shingles on your NJ home?
2. 3-Tab Shingles Have a Short Lifespan
3-tab shingles are the cheapest form of roofing that you can purchase in New Jersey and elsewhere. Because of that, they are thin and last between 15-30 years, depending on the weather conditions. However, most homeowners rarely get more than 20 years out of their 3-tab shingles, meaning you have to replace your roof more often.
Architectural shingles, on the other hand, will last around 25-30 years. Of course, it is never guaranteed that your shingles will last for 30 years because NJ storms could cause unexpected damage. Furthermore, the quality of installation and maintenance plays a key role in how long your shingles are going to last.
3. Architectural Shingles Have Better Curb Appeal
Architectural shingles are also known as dimensional shingles because they do not appear flat when installed on your roof. Because of this, architectural shingles simply look better than 3-tab shingles. As mentioned earlier, 3-tab shingles are being phased out slowly, meaning that you are going to have fewer options in color and patterns than architectural shingles. Meanwhile, the technology for architectural shingles is only going to improve, giving you more texture and color choices to add beauty to your home.
If you are trying to sell your home or simply want to increase its value, then you should upgrade to architectural shingles.
4. Get Yourself a Better Warranty
Another reason to upgrade from 3-tab shingles to architectural shingles is the warranty included. Although the lifespan of architectural shingles is only a few years longer than 3-tab ones, they do come with more comprehensive warranties, making them a better investment.
Consider this: 3-tab shingles come with a 25-year warranty. Meanwhile, architectural shingles will have a 30-year warranty. If you use a certified roofer, such as a GAF Master Elite roofer, and have a complete system installed you may also be granted a 50-year or lifetime warranty for certain shingles. Having such an extensive warranty will save you money in the future, should something go wrong. You cannot get that same kind of coverage with 3-tab shingles.
5. Improve Damage Resistance With Architectural Shingles
Many of the differences between 3-tab and architectural shingles seem purely superficial—until you start comparing durability. 3-tab shingles have a single layer, giving you next to nothing in terms of protection. Generally, 3-tab asphalt shingles will resist up to 60 mph winds. Meanwhile, architectural shingles, which have at least one additional layer of asphalt, can withstand winds up to 120 mph. In New Jersey, where the weather can be unpredictable and the winds severe, having that extra assurance will give you more peace of mind during inclement weather.
Furthermore, you can purchase architectural shingles with various degrees of resistance. Some brands have introduced impact-resistant shingles or ones designed for higher wind resistance. Consider speaking with a reputable NJ roofer to see if you need a higher class of shingle for where you live. They will be able to recommend a durable architectural shingle that is within your budget.
Call in a Trusted New Jersey Roofing Company For Your Shingle Upgrade
5 reasons to switch to architectural shingles instead of 3-tab shingles. Not only are 3-tab shingles obsolete and discontinued by many manufacturers, but they are also thinner and less durable. Architectural shingles are a much better investment in terms of protection and curbside appeal. If you are looking for a roof replacement or upgrade, there is no better time than now to make the switch.
RGB Construction can help you upgrade your roof. We offer both exceptional work and a large variety of high-quality architectural shingles. Contact us today at 856-264-9093 for a free estimate on your project.