3-tab Asphalt Shingles
Traditional asphalt roofing shingles, or "3-tab" shingles, are commonly seen on older roofs and the majority of newly built homes (builder roofs), but are also a viable option for every homeowner. These basic, simple, and uniform shingles are the most cost-effective roofing shingles on the market. They're easily identified by their brick-like appearance and solid colour palate. But there are drawbacks with a 3-tab roof shingle. These shingles have a very thin backing layer and their strength is derived solely from the thickness of the asphalt used to produce them, which isn't very thick at all. Therefore, these shingles are susceptible to lifting, curling, cracking and blowing off in windy conditions, and their performance isn't great in increasingly harsh weather. Generally, they'll provide 10-15 years of life for your roof.