Three-dimensional shingles are a step up from basic asphalt shingles, adding thickness and detailing not found on flat shingles.
Also known as architectural or laminate shingles, this roof-covering option replicates other roofing materials, such as wood or slate, without the cost or maintenance issues. Installing three-dimensional shingles is easier than the actual material they replicate, making them a good option for a do-it-yourself homeowner who wants to handle the installation.

How do architural shingles differ from 3 tab Asphalt shingles?

Architectural Shingles or a.k.a dimensional or laminate shingles differ from the traditional 3-tab asphalt shingle look. They differ because the actual shingle tabs have various sizes and shapes. These various sizes and shapes give them a more “dimensional” look to them and can actually make a shingle roof look more like shake.

Architectural shingles weigh more than 3-tab shingles. In fact, they weigh around 50 percent more than the asphalt 3-tab shingles.

Because architectural shingles are thicker than 3-tab shingles they have a longer warranty than most 3-tab shingles. Architectural shingles almost across the board have a minimum 30 year guarantee and are rated to resist higher speeds of wind.

3-tab shingles cost less than architectural shingles

3-tab shingles are still preferred among residential rental properties and lower value homes where the initial higher cost can not be met for architectural shingles.