3-Tab Vs Laminate Shingles: What’s the Difference?

3-tap vs. laminate shinglesPeople tend to think that all shingles look the same and are composed of the same material. Shingles are, in fact, diverse in appearance and composition. In fact, we offer two primary styles of shingles when renovating residential roofs. Which to choose? 3-tab vs. laminate shingles.

3-Tab vs. Laminate Shingles: Two Sturdy Roofing Options

3-tab and laminate describe two different styles of shingles. The difference is mainly an aesthetic one, though durability factors in as well.


3-tab shingles essentially have a uniform appearance. Every shingle is the same size, shape, and dimension.


Laminate shingles are also referred to as architectural or laminated architectural shingles. These are more or less your standard asphalt shingles. Some of the shingles, however, have an additional material layer or a heavier base mat. In addition, the shingles may also differ in size and shape. The result is a multi-dimensional look where some of the shingles extend over the others.

Check out this image to see a side-by-side comparison of a 3-tab and laminate roofing.

Which Is Better?

More homeowners prefer the dimensional appearance of laminate shingles. Laminates are also sturdier due to their heavier construction. This makes them less likely to warp, not to mention it also improves wind resistance. Laminates have wind resistance ratings for 80 to 120 mph winds, compared to 60 mph for 3-tab shingles.

3-tab shingles, on the other hand, are more economical and on average about 20% cheaper than laminates. This is certainly the more cost-friendly option for homeowners trying to renovate on a limited budget.

We Provide Multiple Shingle Options

Having your roof renovated? Contact Urbizo Bros Roofing for any roofing-related services. Shingles, by the way, are also suitable for some styles of commercial roofing. 3-tab and laminate shingles are both terrific options for various roofing projects in and around Mukilteo.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Various Shingle Selections for Residential Roofs

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