There are hundreds of residential shingle manufacturers and products used in the United States. Most of the major manufacturers make two different types of shingle products. If you don’t see yours, take a minute to explore the other sections of our Roofing Products section.
The most basic and common type shingle is called the 3-Tab or 20-year shingle. These have been around for many years and the least expensive and easiest to install of all shingle types. Since it’s made with 3-tabs, its name is derived from the shape. It’s also called a 20-Year shingle that corresponds with it’s warranty period.
The 3-tab is a relatively flat shingle without much definition or color variation. Although it’s an economy shingle, it provides many years of serviceable life. 3-tabs are produced in about 8 to 10 colors, limiting the choices if you’re looking for a unique look. There are a few manufacturers who produce a 25-year, 3-tab shingle but it looks much the same as the 20-year product.
Laminated shingles, also called a 30-year or Architectural shingle, offer a completely different look for roofing. Laminates are constructed in two parts, giving the appearance of a more deep and thicker shingle. They are heavier than their 20-year counterparts and they provide a much nicer look. Often described as 3-Dimensional, these shingles are commonly made in 30 and 40 year warranty lines. Laminates are made in many more colors than 20-year shingles. The colors of granulation are also more varied and special effects called Shadowbanding give them much more depth. Laminates are tougher than 3-tabs and resist wind damage better than 3-tabs. We highly recommend this type of shingle. If you currently have 3-tabs on your home, the small cost of this upgrade is perhaps the best investment to protect your home and increase it’s curb appeal!