One big decision that you have when customizing your Tuff Shed is what type of shingles you want to go with. You have the choice between dimensional shingles and 3-tab shingles, each of which offers a plethora of differences and one that stands out as the premium option when deciding between the two.
So, let’s learn why dimensional shingles are the superior choice.
First off, if you’re considering the Premier PRO SeriesTM you’ve already made the decision to go with the Dimensional Shingles as these are standard on the PRO Series. Pat yourself on the back for a great decision.
The primary reason to select 3-Tab shingles is that they cost less. 3-Tab shingles still will protect your building’s roof and are part of a roof system that includes rafters joined with steel plates, 7/16” roof decking, roofing underlayment, and baked enamel steel drip edge. Dimensional shingles cost more, but there are many benefits. Read on.
Constructed with higher-quality materials and multiple layers, dimensional shingles are approximately 50% thicker than 3-tab shingles. This thickness makes them heavier and much more durable and ensures the roof of your Tuff Shed will perform like the roof on your house. Opting for dimensional shingles is the better option when it comes to the durability of your roof.
The varied sizes and shapes of dimensional shingles gives them a more robust appearance. Plus, the colors available with dimensional shingles are more vibrant due to the subtle variances of the grains. On the other hand, 3-tab shingles offer a flat, uniform appearance with three tabs per strip.
4. Wind rating
For those who live in areas prone to strong winds, the rigidity of your shingles becomes a pivotal consideration. Dimensional shingles have a wind resistance rating that ranges from 80mph to 120mph, which surpasses 3-tab shingles, 60mph wind rating. By choosing dimensional shingles, you secure a roof that stands firm against varying wind forces, assuring the stability of your Tuff Shed.
While 3-tab shingles may offer a serviceable lifespan of 7-15 years, dimensional shingles redefine expectations with an average lifespan of around 18-20 years. However, they can last even longer under optimal conditions, making them the better choice by ensuring your Tuff Shed roof stands the test of time.
Overall, the decision to opt for dimensional shingles over 3-tab depends on many factors. 3-tab shingles are more budget-friendly, making them a popular choice for cost-conscious customers. On the other hand, dimensional shingles are the winner when it comes to aesthetics, durability, wind resistance, and lifespan.
Start customizing your new building today or call your local Tuff Shed to speak with a knowledgeable sales representative!