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3-Tab vs Architectural Shingles

3 Tab vs. Architectural (Laminate) Shingles

Many people are planning their roof replacement and trying to decide who will do the work. While price is a major factor, you should always make sure you are not comparing apples and oranges when you look at quotes from multiple companies.

The largest cost factor in a roof replacement quote is going to be determined by the type of shingle you choose and there are 2 main types of shingles to choose from: 3-Tab and Architectural.

3-Tab Shingles

A 3-tab shingle has three uniform cutouts, or tab,s so each shingle looks like three separate pieces when in fact, it is actually one. These are the most cost effective product and the result is a uniform appearance on the roof. There are a wide range of colours to choose from so you can pick the one that will best suit your home.

However, this is one of those situations where you absolutely get what you pay for. Most roofers consider 3-tab shingles an entry-level shingle because they are a cheaper grade of asphalt shingle and are more susceptible to high winds. The warranty period for these shingles is shorter and because they are also not as resistant to the extreme temperature fluctuations we experience in Southern Ontario they can crack due to the expansion and contraction of the shingle.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are created by laminating two shingles together to create a single, dimensional shingle. The tabs come in varying sizes and shapes to add interest to the roof while remaining more affordable than other roofing options such as cedar or slate.

Architectural shingles are heavier and more durable and also have better wind resistance which is an important factor to consider because of the increased number of windstorms we now experience in Southern Ontario. They have enhanced waterproofing capabilities and a longer life expectancy than 3-tab shingles, so they have longer warranties from the manufacturer.

Please note: Chouinard Bros. does not recommend any homeowner complete repairs to their roof of their own. Our technicians are skilled at performing this work and have received years of training to understand how to complete repairs safely.

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