There are two standard design options for asphalt shingles:
- 3-Tab shingles are simple, cost-effective, and all the same size and shape. They’re a popular option for homeowners looking for the best value. 3-Tab shingles come in a wide range of colors.
- Architectural or Dimensional shingles are stronger, thicker, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes for a textured appearance. Architectural shingles cost more to install than 3-tab shingles, but last longer and have better manufacturer warranties.
There are two types of base mats used in shingles: fiberglass mats and organic base mats.
- Fiberglass-based shingles are becoming increasingly popular nationwide, largely because they resist fire better than organic mat shingles.
- Organic shingles are chosen because they’re more pliable and withstand cold and windy weather better than fiberglass shingles.
Asphalt shingles are made with a petroleum-based product, so they aren’t recyclable, and it takes a lot of energy to make them. If having a “green” house is important to you, a metal or stone-coated steel roof is the best option for you.
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