Many Toronto & GTA home owners through out the roofing season ask us, “what shingles should I use, Architectural or 3-Tab?
Overall, Architectural Shingles are a better product that performs better and are more aesthetically appealing. The main reasons why 3-Tab Shingles are still available for purchase are because they are less costly, meaning a great option for those with smaller budgets; and because there are many roofs that already have 3-Tab Shingles on them and they require repairs with the same type of shingle. The 3-Tab Shingle has 25 year product warranty and the Architectural Shingle has a 30 year product warrantee.
Even though the Architectural Shingle is better product, the most important concern a homeowner should have is the workmanship of the roofers installing all the roofing materials! The reason why we say this is because we have seen some of the most expensive Architectural Shingles installed by other roofing companies only to be called by a home owner with leaks in their house after 2-3 week of a brand new shingle roof installation.