3 Tab Shingles

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Asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular type of roof in Texas. There are several types of asphalt shingles to choose from and at Orbit Roofing, we can help you choose the best fit for your home. 3 Tab shingles are the most cost effective option for asphalt shingle roof replacements.

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What Are 3 Tab Shingles?

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The name 3 Tab comes from the three identical cut outs, or tabs, that are made across the lower edge of the shingle. After it is installed, the individual shingles that you see are really one of the three tabs of one shingle. 3 Tab shingles are composed of a durable fiberglass base mat. The fiberglass base mat provides weather protection and is coated with weather grade asphalt. The asphalt holds colorful mineral granules on the shingle. The mineral granules reflect the sun’s rays, protecting the layer of asphalt from prolonged sun exposure while adding to the beauty and style of the roof. The granules also give the roof the ability to shed water. 3 Tab shingles protect the roof from water by shedding water to the shingle below and eventually off the roof. Each 3 Tab shingle contains a strip of factory applied adhesive. After the roof installation, the adhesive is activated by the heat of the sun and seals each of the shingles to the next course.

Cost of 3 Tab Shingles

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Installing a new roof is one of the most expensive investments you will make in your home. 3 Tab shingles are a great choice for homeowners looking for a budget friendly roofing solution. 3 Tab shingles are a very lightweight roofing material and are relatively easy to install. The light weight of the shingles makes them more affordable while the ease of installation leads to saved labor costs. At Orbit Roofing, we expertly install a selection of quality, cost effective 3 Tab shingles.

Shingle Style

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3 Tab shingles may be the most basic asphalt shingle roofing option, but they come in a variety of color options that can complement your home. The simple layout of the 3 Tab shingle has a minimalist appeal that resembles flat tiling. 3 Tab shingles give your roof a clean and finished look while making them aesthetically pleasing for almost any home.

How Long Will 3 Tab Shingles Last?

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The features that make 3 Tab shingles more affordable are also considerations when choosing which shingle is right for your roof. While the design and weight of 3 tab shingles make them easier to install, it also means that they simply do not last as long as thicker shingles. If you are moving into your “forever home,” you may want to consider a more long lasting shingle for your roof to save you money in the long run. At Orbit Roofing we are happy to answer all your roofing questions and will gladly provide shingle samples so that you can see the difference between the types of shingles you are considering for your roof.

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Close up of hail damage on a 3 tab shingle roof.

How Does Hail Affect a 3 Tab Shingle Roof?

Hail damage is not always immediately visible, which is why it is important to have one of Orbit Roofing’s professionals inspect your roof for damage following a hail event. 3 Tab asphalt shingles may break, crack, or show abrasions following a hailstorm. Repeated exposure to hail causes granule layers to weaken over time, exposing the asphalt layer and shortening the lifespan of your shingles, making your roof vulnerable to leaks. Cracks in the surface of the shingle caused by hail impacts can radiate from the point of impact or the fiberglass mat may be exposed. The fiberglass mat may fracture, which may not be readily visible. Surface depressions caused by hail impacts can be visible after a hailstorm due to granule loss, but over time this damage can be faded by the sun, making it more difficult to identify. The adhesive strip of a 3 Tab shingle can also be damaged by hail, weakening its adherence, resulting in shingle blow off later. At Orbit Roofing, we work with all insurance carriers and can help you navigate the insurance claims process to get your new roof expertly installed quickly and efficiently.

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