3-tab shingles DO NOT protect your home well —> here’s what they look like.
Why it matters: The wind storm this week is a reminder of the risks with 3-tab shingles.
- 3-tab shingles are used 3 ways — 2 of those are for cheap shortcuts
👉 Field shingles: This is the least expensive asphalt shingle and many brands only warranty it to 60mph winds.
- They’re bad about showing unevenness in the wood decking below it.
👉 Hip & ridge shingles: To save money roofers buy 3-tab, cut it in 3 pieces and use it instead of actual hip & ridge shingles — which cost a little bit more.
- Inspected a house yesterday that ONLY lost their hip & ridge shingles — so they’re paying out-of-pocket for a repair.
👉 Starter shingles: To save a few bucks on materials, roofers turn a 3-tab upside down and use it for starter shingles that go under the first course of shingles.
- 3-tab shingles DO NOT SEAL like actual starter shingles.
✅ For your Smart Homeowner list
- Have damage to your 3-tab shingles and/or ridge or hips? You either have an out-of-pocket repair or a tricky insurance claim ahead of you. I can help with either.
- Do not let a roofer install 3-tab shingles on ANY part of your roof. Your home deserves better.