Architectural vs 3 tab on 5 in 12 slope based on appearance


#1

I had a roofing estimator tell me that three-tab shingles might be a better choice because my 5 in 12 slope roof doesn’t have enough slope for the “full effect” of the architectural shingles. The house is a 2 story colonial. I certainly like the look of architectural shingles, but if he’s right maybe it doesn’t matter. Is the difference that architectural are more expensive? Are there 3 tab with longer than 30 Year warranties?
Here is a picture of the front of the house:

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#2

The price difference is minimal.Stay with the archs,yes they still will be visible and they are a better product (IMO)Maybe the guys trying to sell you some bargain basement leftover or discontinued stock.Get a second and third opinion from different companies as well.I never sell 3-tabs,I don’t think anybody in my area does and haven’t seen many done for a decade at least.


#3

Hi,

If you like architectural shingles. Then put them on.
You will see the difference.

Architectural shingles are not a better shingle. The reason more are used is because people like the look. Also because contractors like to install them.


#4

I didn’t get the impression the guy was trying to push me for anything other than his opinion on the appearance. In fact, In hindsight, maybe I should have stressed at the beginning that I want quality, not saving a buck here or there. Certainteed Landmark 30 and XT30 were his suggestions.
I certainly do like the look of the Architectural and after walking around the neighborhood and looking at the other houses, I see his point. When close to the house looking up, you really can’t see the texture of the shingles on the houses with the lower slopes.


#5

Lefty thinks there is no dif. but there is quite a big dif… For 1 the 30- 40- limited lifetime… 2 they seal way better and if installed properly will withstand 80-130 mile an hour winds…3 they have more astetic apeal…color varieations within the same shingle. I give the 30 yr archs for the same price as 3 tabs. you can get a 30 yr 3 tab also , but why use them when they are out dated,I.M.O. I also use Timbertex cap ,they have a better wind rating and they realy stand out and make a difference to the eye, not everyone will spend the extra bucks to make the job stand apart from the rest of the neighborhood!Gaf/Elk is My preference…I.M.O.


#6

architectural

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