Types of Asphalt Shingles

Replacing your roof is always a tough proposition and one that brings added stress. Part of that stress is choosing what sort of roof you want. There are many different types of roofing to choose from, including different types of asphalt shingles. When it comes to asphalt shingles, there are three different types that all bring their own benefits and features. So if you are looking to add an asphalt roof, it is important to know what these three types of shingles are and what they bring to your home.

The three types of asphalt shingles are 3-tab, luxury and dimensional. The dimensional shingles are the most common types of shingles now, replacing the 3-tab shingles which used to dominate the marketplace. And then there are the luxury shingles, which are exactly what they sound like: a luxury. They are double the price of the standard dimensional shingles. Let's take a closer look at all of these shingles, their various factors, like cost, lifespan, and warranties, and how they can improve your home's roof.

3-Tab Asphalt Shingles

These shingles get their name from the 3 tabs that are on each shingle strip and lay flat when installed. They are the cheapest of the three common asphalt shingles. These shingles come out of the package with a 25-year warranty from the manufacturer. And with adequate attic ventilation and proper roof installation, 3-tab asphalt shingles will have a lifespan of up to 25 years and perhaps a little more if treated well and less frequent damaging weather.

Dimensional Asphalt Shingles

When you install dimensional shingles, it gives you a good-looking random pattern or simulate the look of a wood shake roof. The cost of this type of shingle is typically around 15% more than a 3-tab shingle. These shingles come out of the package with a 30-year warranty from the manufacturer. When you purchase dimensional asphalt shingles, you might have the opportunity to get the 50-year non-prorated enhanced warranty. With proper attic ventilation and roof installation, dimensional asphalt shingles will easily last up to 30 years.

Luxury Asphalt Shingles

Luxury and premium shingles are larger than other types of asphalt shingles and are made to imitate the look of slate. These shingles typically cost almost double that of a dimensional shingle. They come with a warranty out of the package with a 30-year prorated warranty from the manufacturer. And just like with the dimensional shingles, there is the opportunity to get the 50-year non-prorated enhanced warranty. The lifespan of luxury asphalt shingles with adequate attic ventilation and professional roofing installation is up to 50 years. So you might be paying double, but with a 50-year lifespan it is likely the only roofing shingles you will need in your life.

Professional Asphalt Roofing Installation

The roofing contractors at NYC General Pro Roofing have years of experience installing all sorts of roofs, including the aforementioned asphalt shingles. These types of shingles fluctuate in pricing, but we will work with you to find the right pricing for these shingles. We will make sure the shingles and installation match your budget. For more information about our roofing services, please reach out to us today.

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We provide our roofing services for homeowners across Long Island, New York, which includes Suffolk and Nassau County, as well as the greater NYC area and Brooklyn. If you need another type of roofing installation, we can accommodate. Other types of roofing we install include cedar shingles, slate roofing, and GAF shingles. We also provide commercial roofing services for those business owners looking to update their roofing to TPO or EPDM roofing systems.