The Cons of 3-Tab Shingles
3-tab roof shingles are a type of lightweight asphalt shingle roofing material commonly used in American residential homes. Known for their ease of installation, adequate durability, and standard affordability, they remain a popular choice with many homeowners.
However, 3-tab shingles tend to have less overall durability when compared to their architectural shingle counterparts. When properly maintained, architectural shingle roofs can last anywhere from 18 to 30 years. Depending on the local climate, a standard 3-tab shingle roof usually lasts between 7 to 10 years. Even in a mild climate, they typically never last longer than a maximum of 15 years.
Additionally, 3-tab shingles typically consist of thin frames, making them less resistant to high winds, uplifts, and other types of wind damage. 3-tab shingle roofs typically do not last long in neighborhoods with winds more intense than 60 to 70 mph.