Hi, I’m looking for professional guidance on the merits of architectural versus 3-tab shingles, and any other opinions that might be offered.
I’m a board member for a small, 30+ yr old community with identical facades / colors and 3-tab shingled roofs. In the last two years we have denied 3 requests for reroofing w/architectural shingles and had 1 homeowner replace unapproved architectural shingles. Now we have 2 more unapproved architectural shingle installations! The board is trying to decide whether to start allowing architectural shingles.
Advantages cited by homeowners are better warranties and wind gust resistance.
- What’s your experience with warranty claims? (I look at them more as just marketing, am I too cynical?)
- The highest wind gust recorded anywhere near here was 78mph during a rare hurricane (central MD). Has anyone seen 1st hand a comparison of wind damage to 3-tab vs architectural for properly installed roofs about the same age? What were the conditions?
- The cost difference for products/installations I compared is not that large.
It’s also been mentioned there’s an insurance advantage but I made a bunch of phone calls and no carriers offered a discount for architectural shingles – just when upgraded for impact resistant for hail.
- Do you think any advantage might just be the insurance company’s due to lower damage claims?
Aesthetically, on a single home, the architectural shingles win. But our roofs are fairly visible and a mix of products will persist for decades because we don’t have the authority to require compliance to a changed guideline. There is also some concern that the property value of homes with 3-tab will suffer compared to architectural.
And then … it’s been a challenge to maintain a degree of uniformity in the community just with 3-tab where color was essentially the only variable. There are so many more “style” options with architectural, my head hurts.
What to do?
Info and thoughts appreciated!!!