Pros And Cons Of Traditional, 3-Tab Shingles

Shingles have come a long way in recent years. No longer are 3-tab shingles the only ones you can buy. Many roofers now preferentially install architectural shingles. There are even shingles made to look like wood shakes! But this does not mean 3-tab shingles are entirely outdated and no longer have a place in the roofing market. They aren't the right roofing choice for everyone, but they do suit some scenarios quite well. Here are some pros and cons to consider if you're thinking of roofing your home in 3-tab shingles. 

Pro: They're inexpensive.

Because 3-tab shingles now have to compete with many other types of shingles, their cost has remained very reasonable. They are one of the more affordable roofing materials on the market, even if you go with a higher-end brand. The installation also tends to be affordable since these shingles are easier for roofers to apply.

Con: They don't last quite as long.

Different brands and models of 3-tab shingles have slightly different life expectancies. But in general, this type of roofing does not last as long as most alternatives. This may not be a big deal if you don't plan on being in the home for very long.

Pro: They are easy to clean and maintain.

3-tab shingles have fewer nooks, crannies, and uneven spaces than other styles of roofing. This makes them relatively easy to clean and maintain. If you're handy, you can likely patch a 3-tab shingle roof yourself. If you need to remove algae or moss from the roof, it is easier to scrape off than with more textured shingle styles, such as architectural shingles.

Con: They might look "cheap."

Since three-tab shingles are one of the less expensive roofing options, they may look a little cheap or less appealing. If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of designer, specialty homes, these shingles may make your home stand out more than you'd like.

Pro: They are easy to source.

This is not a roofing material that you'll have to wait for months to receive. Sure, one brand might be on backorder, but there are so many brands to choose from. If you need a roof quickly and do not want to wait, three-tab shingles are a good go-to material.

Are three-tab shingles right for you? Weigh the pros and cons, and don't hesitate to talk to your roofer to learn their opinion too.