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Traditional 3-Tab Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles


What are the differences between 3-Tab and architectural shingles?

Three-tab shingles have been covering houses in North America from the early days of the 20th century. They where predominantly made from bitumen and organic materials, but more recently have been made of modified bitumen and fibreglass. Architectural or laminate shingles started to appear on the North American market in the mid to late 1970’s. At first, the designer shingles where offered as premium product, as they where deemed more attractive and weather resistant than traditional 3-Tab shingles. By the mid 1990’s, architectural shingles had become price competitive, and they are now widely used for re-roofing homes and in new construction. Asphalt shingles, both 3-tab and architectural, protect more than 80% of the residential home in North America.


To provide our customers the most options in their roofing choices, we install both types of shingles. How do they compare?


Appearance: 3-Tab Shingles vs Architectural Shingles

The most obvious difference between 3-Tab and Architectural shingles is the look. Architectural shingles are made to have wood shake or slate like appearances, while 3-Tab shingles have a brick styling. Many homeowners prefer the textured appearance and character of architectural shingles to that of the simpler 3-tab shingles.


Left to Right, Yukon 3-tab shingles, Architectural Mystique (shake-like), and Architectural Manoir (slate-like)


Typical Warranties: 3-Tab Shingles vs Architectural Shingles


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Architectural shingles offer greater resistance to the weather than 3-tab shingles. They last longer and are backed by better warranties.


Price: 3-Tab Shingles vs Architectural Shingles


The cost of 3-tab shingles has been traditionally lower than that of architectural shingles. However, modern-day manufacturing techniques have made the price of architectural shingles, such as BP’s Mystique product line, competitive with, if not more cost effective than 3-Tab shingles. The greater lifespan and warranties of architectural shingles gives them a superior quality to price ratio.


3-Tab Shingles vs. Architectural Shingles


Which is best for your home?


As a BP Gold Certified Roofing Contractor, SHAW Renovation & Construction specializes in the installation of Building Products of Canada shingles, in both the traditional 3-tab shingles and architectural styles. The Yukon, Mystique 42, Vangard 42IR and Manor shingle lines provide varied styles and wide selection of colors to enhance your homes curb appeal. The multi-layer design, hurricane-resistant Weather-Tite technology and limited lifetime warranties make them a smart choice.

We can present you with several options, of either 3-Tab or Architectural shingles, that best suit your taste and budget, and help you make an informed decision on which type of shingle will be best-suited for roofing your home!


SHAW Renovation & Construction is a family-owned company that has been serving Calgary for over 30-years.   We strive to provide the highest level of workmanship and customer satisfaction.


Call us at 403.233.9367 or visit www.shawconstruction.ca to set up a free roof inspection!

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