Types of Traditional Texas Roofs

Many roofs are 3-Tab composite shingle or textured composite shingle roofs. Due to their affordability and wide range of styles and colors, composite shingles are the most popular type of roofing material used today.

3-Tab composite shingles. The most common composite shingle is the traditional 3-Tab, also called the strip shingle. These shingles are relatively easy to install and are the least expensive type of composite shingle. They are typically made from fiberglass and asphalt and are coated with small minerals. Compared to other shingles, they have a shorter lifespan and a plain appearance, but they are usually warranted to last 20, 25, or 30 years. Because of the heat, shingles in the South do not always live up to their warranties. Identical 5” by 12” rectangles repeat across roofs, which can exacerbate pattern discrepancies caused by rafter or decking issues. Still, they are incredibly popular because of their relative affordability and wide variety of colors.

Textured composite shingles. Textured composite shingles are another popular choice for homeowners. They are also called dimensional or laminated. These are similar to the 3-Tab, except they have extra pieces of material laminated to the shingles. This gives them texture and causes them to look thicker. Variations in the shingles and the extra thickness help to hide any defects in the roof decking. The most expensive laminate shingles are 50-year shingles. As their name implies, they are warranted for 50 years, and they are also the thickest. While 30-year laminate shingles are still thicker than traditional 3-Tab, they have less of a three-dimensional effect than 40- or 50-year laminate shingles. Many homeowners use dimensional shingles because of their durability and unique style.