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3 Tab Roof Shingles Guide

About 3 Tab Roof Shingles

Planning on replacing your roof on a budget? Then 3-tab shingles might be the perfect roofing style for you, as they are one of the most affordable roofing options but are still very durable. They are one of the most popular roofing options in the country, due to their value and easy installation. Not only does the ease of installation allow the project to be completed faster for the homeowner’s convenience, but it also keeps down installation costs. If you’re unsure whether 3-tab shingles are right for your home, this guide will inform you of all the key points you need to reach your decision.

3-tab asphalt shingles on red brick house


As the name suggests, 3-tab shingles are composed of a panel of three asphalt shingles that are actually just one solid unit. The appearance of distinct shingles is created through notches in the panel. 3-tab shingles are available in a wide variety of color options to fit any visual aesthetic.

3-Tab Shingles Product Options

Most major brands manufacture 3-tab shingles. Some of the most popular 3-tab shingles are the XT25 shingle from CertainTeed and GAF’s Royal Sovereign shingles.

XT25 Shingles by CertainTeed

This is a traditional 3-tab shingle made of fiberglass that is extremely durable and long-lasting. These shingles have been awarded a Class A fire rating, which means they are extremely resistant to flame spreading. The XT25 shingles are wind resistant up to 60 mph. Homeowners can choose from among 11 color options when customizing these shingles.

XT25 shingles are typically installed from $300 per 100 sq ft.

Royal Sovereign Shingles by GAF

The Royal Sovereign is an incredibly popular 3-tab shingle product, as over 10 billion of these shingles have been installed in North America. The asphalt shingles are designed with Advanced Protection Shingle Technology and are protected against algae discoloration by StainGuard Protection. The Royal Sovereign shingles are wind resistant up to 60 mph. The shingles can be customized in one of six color options.

Royal Sovereign shingles are typically installed from $350 per 100 sq ft.

Pros and Cons

  • These shingles are one of the most affordable roofing options available.
  • They are available in a variety of color options.
  • 3-tab shingles are easy to install.
  • Most major manufacturers offer a 3-tab shingle product.
  • They require little maintenance.

  • They are typically one of the least wind-resistant roofing options.
  • Heat can cause the shingles to crack or fade.
  • They have a flat appearance.

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