Roof replacement is a big deal. After all, your roof is your property’s first line of defense against all outdoor elements and conditions. This is certainly an area that deserves a lot of thought and deliberation. For most property owners, deciding on roof replacement is simple and straightforward; but when it comes time to choose a material, they tend to get stuck. One of the most common roofing materials, and one that comes highly recommended, are shingles.
But there are several types of shingles to choose from, which doesn’t always help the decision making process. What does help is learning about all the different types of shingles, and what their features can offer your property. From asphalt and composite, to 3-tab, slate, tile, and more, you will need to understand their differences to make a good choice for your home or building.
In today’s blog, we’ll discuss laminated shingles, including what makes them different from 3-tab shingles and other common roofing materials.
Laminated shingles are also known as dimensional, architectural or composite shingles. They are an asphalt-based, multi-layer shingle designed with a thicker base and additional layers of material adhered on top. Because of their multi-dimensional look, they are often confused for 3-tab shingles, but they are not the same. Laminated shingles are actually multi-layered or “dimensional”, which makes them different in terms of aesthetics, but also in weight. In fact, compared to the flat, single layer, 3-tab shingle, laminated shingles weight nearly 50% more, which can actually be an advantage since it reduces warping and enhances wind resistance (between 80 and 120 mph winds!).
Property owners also enjoy laminated shingles because they provide a textured look that mimics higher-end materials, like wood shake, tile, and slate. Made from asphalt, they can be manufactured to appear as a different roofing material, all while delivering durability and longevity at a lower cost. However, this does not mean they come cheap. Laminated shingles are estimated to cost up to 25% more than traditional 3-tab shingles. And this price estimation does not include the cost of demolition and installation in a reroofing job. On the other hand, this investment is usually well worth it since they can last a lot longer than traditional asphalt shingle systems.