Three-Tab: Three-Tab Shingles are the original and the most basic of roofing shingles available in the industry. Three-Tab Shingles are denoted by the fact that they are single layered roofing shingles that are generally designed to look like slate. Three-Tab Roofing Shingles have a very flat appearance on the roof line and are typically the lightest weight roofing shingles available in the market. Although they were once the predominant roofing shingle available and used in todays market with significant advances in technology and consumer sophistication, Three-Tab Shingles are used primarily by home builders manufacturing economy priced homes or purchased by homeowners as replacement roofing shingles for homes that already have Three-Tab Shingles on the roof.
Dimensional Shingles: Dimensional Shingles (or Architectural Laminated Shingles) are now the predominant roofing shingles installed in North America. These products are manufactured as dual layered products (or multi-layered in the case of some tri-laminate technology) and provide a thicker and richer appearance on the roof (a multi-dimensional look). Dimensional Roofing Shingles also typically are heavier weight than Strip Roofing Shingles and usually have improved warranty protections, which can range from 30-years to Lifetime.
Designer Shingles: Designer Shingles are usually described as laminated shingles that have a differentiated appearance or functionality from traditional Dimensional Roofing Shingles. These products may have designs that mimic “old-world” roofing shingles, like natural slate or natural shake roofing shingles. Designer Roofing Shingles might also have important functional improvements such as Impact Resistance or Solar Reflectivity that can possibly extend the life of the roofing system or provide lower energy costs.