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Trying to find the best types of asphalt shingles to consider for your home?

Asphalt is one of the most common roofing materials we find homeowners choosing in Central Ohio. These shingles are typically reinforced with a fiberglass core and are designed to withstand the elements for many years. The best part is, asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of styles and colors to meet the aesthetics of your home.

But like all things, there are various types of asphalt shingles offering differing levels of durability, style, and aesthetics. Let’s dive into the key qualities of each type so you can be well equipped to choose the best shingle for your roof installation.

3-Tab Shingles

Asphalt shingles have been in existence for over 50 years and were the first shingles marketed in the US & Canada after they came to prominence during the housing boom following World War II. These types of asphalt shingles are the oldest option of all three choices which is why they are often the go-to choice for many homeowners. 3-tab shingles (also known as strip shingles for their flat appearance) are created with a single layer of asphalt which makes this the cheapest and lightest option available. These shingles typically come with a 60 mph wind warranty and come in a multitude of color offerings.

Roof with 3 tab asphalt shingles

Architectural Shingles

Sometimes referred to as a “dimensional shingle” these shingles are one of the most popular roofing shingles in the greater Columbus area and in the United States.

Built to be extremely durable, architectural shingles come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty and a wind resistance guarantee for up to 130 mph. These shingles are constructed by laminating two layers of shingle together to create multiple layers of asphalt roofing. This helps add an additional layer of protection against hail, debris, and anything severe weather can throw your way.

Architectural shingles are offered in a wide variety of different color blends so you can easily match the style of your home while keeping it well protected.

Aside from aesthetics and durability, this thicker material helps keep your home cool so you can save money on your energy bills. While each brand varies in their Energy Star rating, you can trust these shingles will perform better than your standard 3-tab option.

types of asphalt shingles

Luxury Shingles

These roof shingles are the heaviest, offer the most diverse styles, and are the perfect finishing touch if you want your home to stand out from the others in your neighborhood. Designer or Luxury shingles are designed to replicate the look of old fashioned slate, wood cedar and even metal roofing while providing the durability & low maintenance of an asphalt roofing shingle. These roofing shingles typically cost more but if there is a certain look you’d like to replicate while making your home the envy of the neighborhood look no further.

Both luxury and architectural shingles are eligible for a 50 year labor & material warranty due to our credentials with top brands such as Certainteed, Owens Corning and GAF. These shingles also come with added protection against algae staining which protects the look of your shingles even longer.

types of luxury asphalt shingles

Getting the Most Out of Your Asphalt Shingles

Choosing your roofing materials is one thing, but choosing the right contractor to install your roof will make all the difference in the long run. A poor installation job can make lead to damage and an early replacement despite the materials you choose. This is why it is important to do your research and choose a quality roofer (preferably one that is local and has plenty of reviews).

If you happen to live near Columbus, Ohio, make sure to give our team a call at Best Exteriors! We have been proudly serving the greater Columbus area for years and have 100+ 5-star reviews to prove it. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation!

Drew Paetow

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