If you’re in the market for a new roof in the Pacific Northwest, you’ve likely noticed the multiple
varieties of roofing materials available. In fact, the sheer number of shingle types on the market
can be a bit overwhelming. Here in Oregon, we tend to recommend asphalt shingles for most
homes, due to their excellent tolerance for rain and snow. Which type is best for your home?
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Overall, there are three main types of asphalt shingles on the market, with slight variations in
- Three-tab shingles. This type of shingle is fairly self-explanatory – three-tab shingles
consist of a single strip with three notched shingle tabs that remain exposed after roofing
is complete. The notches give the appearance of three separate shingles. Three-tab
shingles are popular due to their relatively simple appearance. In addition, three-tab
shingles are fairly durable, often lasting 20 years or more.
- Dimensional shingles. Dimensional asphalt shingles are the most popular type of asphalt
shingles on the market today. Homeowners often choose dimensional shingles because of
the rich, variegated appearance of the shingles, which gives a multi-layered effect and a
high-end look. Dimensional shingles are significantly more expensive than three-tab
shingles. However, this cost can be offset by the superior durability the shingles provide.
Most dimensional shingles are warrantied at 30 or more years, a nearly ten-year
difference in value versus three-tab shingles.
- Luxury shingles. Luxury shingles are exactly what they sound like – higher-end shingles
that can help give your home the appearance of a luxury home. Many luxury shingles are
uniquely shaped to resemble pricier roofing types, such as slate or wood shakes. The true
downside to luxury shingles is the cost – you’ll pay extra for the design elements of this
type of shingle. However, luxury shingles are typically extremely durable, which can
make them a cost-effective alternative to three-tab shingles.
When you’re choosing shingles for your roof, you’ll need to consider the look you want as well
as how much strength and durability you’re willing to pay for. However, all three types of
asphalt shingles are a good fit for the Pacific Northwest.