Laminated roofing shingles are “beefed up” version of the standard three tab shingle in terms of basic construction and size. Laminated shingles have an extra layer under their lower half which gives the tabs on the laminated shingle a thickness that is twice as deep.
The appeal of the laminated roofing shingle is to provide a more natural “deeper” look compared to what the more traditional three tab shingle offers. The way it creates the depth is by featuring tabs that have varying widths which are separated by large spaced gaps that are randomly placed. This creates the effect of depth.
By virtue of laminated roofing shingles being more “heavy duty” compared to the regular three tab shingle they last a lot longer. Laminated shingles have more protective asphalt granules and fiberglass per square foot and are more resistant to heat, impact and water damage.
At a Glance:
Price – It costs more compared to three tab shingles however, you get more out of the money you invest into your roof.
Performance – Laminated roofing shingles are stronger, more decorative and last longer in comparison to the standard three tab shingle. Additionally, they help maintain or increase the value of your home provided they are installed properly.
Installation – Installing laminated shingles is similar to the three tab shingle. It is important that the old shingles are removed before installing the laminated shingles because your roof might not be able to handle the extra weight.
Key Features of Laminate Shingles:
- More expensive compared to three tab shingles
- Higher wind resistance
- Attractive (can imitate the look of more premium roofing materials)
- Longer lasting roofing material
Textured Surface Catches More Dirt and Debris – This can lead to mold growth and would require more frequent cleaning.
High Maintenance – Because it catches more dirt and debris, the roof would need to be cleaned more frequently compared to other roofing options.