Aside from color, another style option of shingles is their structure. The two primary choices of asphalt shingles are 3-tab or architectural shingles.
Each have their own unique advantages for the longevity of your roof.
Aesthetically, these options can either draw or deflect attention. Three-tab shingles are flat without varying dimension, so it gives a more uniform look to your roof. Architectural shingles are designed with dimension and can be made to appear like slate or cedar shake, which can certainly elevate curb appeal and draw the eye longer.
Structurally, both shingle profiles are similar. Both made of asphalt with fiberglass backing and granules for the outer layer. Their densities set them apart. Architectural shingles are about 50% heavier than 3-tab, and thus, have a higher wind rating and overall sturdiness. Architectural shingles have a higher capability to withstand elements which comes with a longer chance for longevity. This advantage doesn’t come without a noticeable price difference. However, the value lies in fewer repairs needed and a longer lifespan before replacement.