What are the different types of asphalt roofing shingles?

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Diagram showing differences between 4 asphalt roofing shingles

Asphalt roofing shingles are available in two primary forms: three-tab and dimensional. While 3-tab shingles are pretty much all the same, there are many types of architectural shingles. Below we will discuss the differences in shingle types. Additionally, we will go over the benefits of architectural shingles, explaining their rise in popularity among contractors and homeowners alike.

3-Tab/Strip Shingles

Three-tab shingles are linear, traditional-style shingles. They are single-layered and one-dimensional. This type of shingle is phasing out as architectural shingles grow in popularity.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are the most popular shingle option among homeowners today. These laminated shingles come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and profiles. Each is designed to fit a range of looks and budgets. Furthermore, they offer a 3-dimensional look that increases curb appeal.


High-end dimensional roofing shingles can mimic the designer look of natural slate tiles or genuine cedar shakes without their associated expense or maintenance worries. In areas where local fire codes prohibit the use of wood shakes, these Class A, Fire- Resistance-rated dimensional shingles can help you achieve the look of real wood.

Asphalt shingles are less expensive than other types of roofing materials, which explains their popularity. Asphalt operates as a sealant that waterproofs the ceiling of your home. Due to the solidity of asphalt, it also increases the strength of the shingle itself. The length of time you can expect the shingles to perform will depend on your climate, installation, and a variety of other factors.

Three-tab shingles typically have a 25-30 year shingle warranty and last on average 20 years in North Carolina. In contrast, architectural shingles typically come with a 40-50 year warranty. Note that asphalt shingle warranties vary considerably from one manufacturer to another. Many companies offer limited lifetime warranties and assorted pro-rated periods.

At Artisan, we offer the standard and upgraded warranties for Owen’s Corning, GAF, and CertainTeed. We also provide a 10-year workmanship warranty for every roof replacement. Click here to learn more or request a free estimate!

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