Types of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular type of roofing material used on homes in America for several reasons. They are widely available, affordable, and last for decades with minimal upkeep. There are three main types of asphalt shingles, but architectural shingles are the most popular. Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling offers free upgrades from 3-tab to architectural shingles to offer you a superior product and give us the ability to guarantee the quality of your roof.


A 3-tab asphalt shingle is a single ply non-laminated shingle. This is considered a basic builders grade shingle by many industry standards. 3-Tab shingles have a 60 mile per hour or less wind rating. They have a lifespan of 20-25 years, but they are easily damaged by storms even when they are new, so most need to be replaced prematurely. 3-Tab shingles are also less attractive than other types of shingles with a flat “brick like” appearance. These shingles are also the least expensive type of shingles.


Architectural shingles are heavier and stronger shingles that are made out of two or more layers of asphalt fused together. Architectural shingles are the most popular type of shingle due to their appearance and quality. All architectural shingles used by Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling have a 110-150 mile per hour wind rating and a 50 year warranty.  Architectural shingles are a dimensional shingle that mimic the look of a cedar shake roof. They are more expensive than 3-tab shingles, but they are a higher quality shingle.

Luxury Architectural

Luxury architectural shingles are the highest quality shingle available. They offer the most protection from weather events due to the weight and thickness of the shingle. Luxury architectural shingles are more ascetically appealing shingles that closely mimic cedar shake or slate roofing. They are the most expensive type of asphalt shingles because they are the highest quality shingle and the most attractive.

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