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Pondering Over 3-Tab Shingles? Let’s Explore 5 Key Elements Together

October , 2023 | 5 min. read

By Mitch Owens

drone shot above a home showing finished 3-tab shingle roof

Are you teetering on the decision to opt for 3-tab shingles for your roofing project? Are you wondering if this budget-friendly alternative will shield your home from diverse climatic assaults?

Navigating through these dilemmas is crucial in crafting a shelter that is not just a house but a secure, comforting home.

We get it. RoofCrafters has been assisting homeowners like you for over 30 years. We've done so by sharing our knowledge of roofing. Helping homeowners make informed choices about their roofs. Now we want to help you. 

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In the coming paragraphs, we’ll dive into the 5 key elements you should reflect upon when contemplating 3-tab shingles:

  1. Lifespan
  2. Durability
  3. Aesthetic Allure
  4. Maintenance Requirements
  5. Cost-Effectiveness

With this knowledge, you can make a better-informed decision about using 3-tab shingles for your roof replacement.

3-Tab Lifespan: Weighing the Years Against the Cost


Can affordable also be durable? On average, 3-tab shingles last 10-15 years, a good balance of cost and longevity for many. To decide if this roofing choice is right for you, it's important to know how long it lasts. This will help you plan for the future and stick to your budget.

two-story cottage style home with porch and dormers

3-Tab Manufacturer Material Warranty - 25 years (5 years non-prorated)

Architectural Manufacturer Material Warranty - Lifetime ( 10 years non-prorated)

While they don't last as long as architectural shingles(20-25 years), they still provide good protection for most situations. This is especially true if you need a temporary or budget-friendly option.

Weathering the Storms: 3-Tab Durability Explored


The resilience of 3-tab shingles during severe weather conditions, notably in wind, is a factor worth exploring. To test its durability, we examine how it performs in wind, rain, and sun. Even though manufacturers design them to be strong, they might not withstand tough conditions. This can cause them to break and need fixing more often.

wind damaged 3-tab roof with RoofCrafters truck

3-Tab Shingle Wind Warranty - 60 MPH

Architectural Shingle Wind Warranty - 110 -130 MPH

To be prepared, understand its limits and strengths to have realistic expectations.

Aesthetic Appeal: Simplicity Meets Functionality


While being wallet-friendly, do 3-tab shingles grant your home the aesthetic grace it deserves? Look into the visual attributes, color options, and how well it will add value to your home. Understand how its simple, yet functional design can either enhance or mute your home’s external visual narrative.

3-tab roof on a brick home with valleys and gables

3-tab shingles look clean and simple, with many color options for a pleasing appearance. If you want a simple, clean look for your roof, 3-tab shingles are a good choice. They may not have the same three-dimensional style as architectural shingles, but they can still be very satisfying.

Preserving the Cover: Maintenance Matters


Every roof demands care, but how much will your 3-tab shingle need to maintain its optimal functionality? Maintenance is a crucial aspect that often comes under scrutiny when selecting roofing materials.

roofer repairing a 3-tab shingle roof

Although 3-tab shingles are easy to maintain, they can get algae and mildew. They might also get damaged in storms, so it's important to check them often and replace them if needed to keep the roof strong.

Balancing the Scale: Cost-Effectiveness Evaluated


Peering beyond the initial cost, how does the 3-tab shingle stack up in cost-effectiveness? To determine if it's worth it, think about energy efficiency, repair costs, and impact on home value. 

up close image of a 3-tab shingle

The average cost of a 3-tab roof replacement is $7,300 to $10,600.

The average cost of an architectural roof replacement is $11,200 to $17,100.

Certainly, cost-effectiveness is where 3-tab shingles shine bright. These roofs are affordable and offer protection without a big financial commitment. They make sure you get a good value, especially when you have a tight budget.

Final Thoughts: A Shingle that Shelters and Serves


If you prefer 3-tab shingles for your home, you can feel confident that the roof will last 10-15 years. They are not just a compromise but a good option in many situations. They provide safety and peace for 10-15 years with proper care and minimal upkeep.

Our family at RoofCrafters helps homeowners choose a secure, satisfying roof they feel good about. We have been in the field for 30 years. We don't just install roofs. We make shelters that last long and protect you from the weather. So you feel safe and secure during the storms.

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Mitch Owens

My name is Mitch, and I have over 10 years of roofing experience. I enjoy my career in the service industry because I love helping others take care of their homes and businesses. With over 10 years in the roofing industry, my success comes from my honesty and integrity during my roof inspections. I do my best to listen to the needs of my clients and strive to provide an awesome client experience.