[size=150]Laminates vs. 3 Tabs[/size]
FLASHING: dormers, vertical wall lines, horizontal wall lines, valleys, chimneys, skylights, vents, stacks etc…
When using three tabs you always potentially run the risk of ending up on any of the items listed above with a sliver of a three tab to finish the job at these flashing points. With laminates, it doesn’t matter when you run into any of these critical areas because you know you are going to have 100% of your shingle left to get that flashing done and done right. Roofers: you know what I’m talking about. ANY flashing done with a laminate is going to hold up better on your critical areas such as those listed above. Thus making the argument a no brainer.
**LAMINATES= A win-win situation for the homeowner and roofer! **
So yes, laminates are easier to install on most roofing applications…IE the cut up roofs with valleys & dormers etc…Also remember the fact that when you put a three tab roof next to a laminate roof, which one looks way better? Which one has more curb appeal? Which one potentially adds value to that home because of its better appearance? You guessed it the laminates do! Also, I believe the laminate shingles will hold that better appearance for a longer amount of time because of the way they are made, for example the laminate part of the shingle being essentially a dual layer on the exposed portion of the shingle. Also, the random patterns of the laminates will hold thier appearance a lot longer into their maturity when compared to a three tab. Which would you rather have on your house to look at for 30 years? For me and my customers it will be the laminates.
The laminates are generally more durable than 3-tabs also. From what I have witnessed from tearing off 1000’s of square of both types of shingles, the laminates hold their form and outlast any three tab on the market.
**Basically when applying a new roof or replacing an old roof, there are two major concerns:
Performance & Durability then Appearance
Laminates don’t just win but DOMINATE in ALL categories!**