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You Have Options! All About Different Types of Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt shingles come in two main types: three-tab and architectural (pictured).

When shopping around for a new roof you’ve probably heard the term asphalt shingles thrown around a lot, leading you to believe it’s just one thing. In reality, asphalt shingles is a blanket term for two different kinds of shingles, three-tab and architectural. Even within those two categories, there are various options of style and color. Keep reading to learn the differences between types of asphalt shingles, and then find a professional who can help you find the right shingles for your house, and install them!


Three-tab shingles are the economic choice, but are by no means low quality. The shingles are lightweight, and offer a flat look on the roof line. At one time, these were the most popular type of asphalt shingle, but have been replaced by architectural shingles. Three-tab shingles come in a huge variety of colors, so finding something that will fit with your house isn’t a problem.


Architectural shingles are the most popular and commonly used roofing shingle today. They are usually multi-layered, giving them a richer and deeper look than three-tab shingles. Architectural shingles are significantly heavier than three-tab shingles, so they usually come with a better warranty. Different architectural shingles are made to mimic various other roofing materials, like wood or slate. Different manufacturers use various methods to create their desired effect, like random-cut sawtooth designs to mimic the look of a wooden shake. Others manufacture their shingles with stability in mind by making them weather resistant, fire resistant, and tear resistant.

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If you’re interested in having asphalt shingles installed in your home, or would like a free estimate, contact Topper Construction. With Topper Construction, you’ll see the benefit of nearly three decades of experience. Contact Topper Construction at 301-874-0220 or email us at if you are interested in learning more. We can help you with projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Northern Virginia.

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