The Pros And Cons Of 3-Tab Roofing Shingles

Posted on: 14 June 2023

One of the most popular and the most cost-effective roofing materials on the market today is the 3-tab asphalt shingle. Drive down almost any neighborhood in America and you'll find a home with 3-tab shingles on the roof. While some roofers may recommend upgrading to better quality material, your budget may necessitate choosing 3-tab shingles as your roofing material. If this is your situation, here are a few of the pros and cons you should consider as you make your choice.


Cost Effective

When it comes to pricing, there are few roofing materials that can beat the cost of 3-tab asphalt roofing shingles. You can expect to pay between $4.25 and $8.25 per square foot, depending on the roof size and shingle manufacturer. Other roofing materials like slate, wood shakes, or metal will most likely cost at least twice that price. 

Easy Repairs

Another major benefit of choosing asphalt shingles, especially when you're on a budget, is that they are simple to repair. If a strong storm results in wind lift, lost shingles, or degradation, your roofing expert can easily repair or replace the problematic shingles for a very low cost, typically.


In addition to the cost savings and ease of repair, another great advantage to choosing 3-tab shingles is the variety of options available. These shingles come in a huge variety of colors and textures. You'll have no problem finding a look that will fit the aesthetic of your home.


Another benefit of 3-tab shingles is that they are incredibly popular and therefore easy to source. Every roofer will have a 3-tab shingle option available for you. And since many of the homes around you are also likely to have 3-tab shingles, your home will fit right in.


Lighter Material

One of the major issues with 3-tab shingles is the physical weight, especially when compared to other asphalt shingles like architectural shingles. The light weight of 3-tab shingles makes them susceptible to wind. You may lose some shingles from your home during strong wind events. Fortunately, as mentioned, they're also easy and inexpensive to replace.

Life Span

One disadvantage of 3-tab shingles versus architectural shingles or other materials is a shorter life span. You can expect your 3-tab shingles to last about 15 to 20 years.

Needs Proper Ventilation

Proper roof and attic ventilation is vital for 3-tab shingles so you can avoid mold or mildew growth. Trapped moisture can lead to decay and an even shorter life span.

Contact a company like J and K Roofing to learn more.