Composite Roofing Shingles Types
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Composite roofing shingles are the second most popular roofing systems in the U.S. after asphalt shingles – and for a variety of good reasons.
Here is what you need to know about composite shingles and why you should consider them during your next roofing material purchase.
What is composite roofing material?
Composite shingles are also referred to as synthetic shingles because they are made from a mixture of several roofing materials such as asphalt, recycled paper products, and fiberglass. A composition shingle can be made to look like any other roofing material on the market. When installed, they easily resemble wood, clay, or slate shingles. However, if you look at them carefully you will notice that they are long, rectangular, and feature three large notches.
What are Composite Shingles benefits?
Composite shingles are a high-quality product thanks to the combination of roofing materials used in their production. The most well-known quality of composite shingles is their toughness. Most composite roofing has a 30- to 50-year warranty, compared to the average lifespan of other roofing shingles, which is 15 to 20 years. Even lifetime warranties are offered on some composite shingles. Composite shingles offer several advantages including:
Durability – Composite shingles are widely preferred over standard shingles because of their long lifespan. Depending on the manufacturer and individual rating of a composite shingle, most of them offer up to 30-50 years of service.
Highly versatile – Composite shingles come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, which makes them a flexible option that can match most houses’ exterior décor.
Fire and wind resistance – The fire ratings for shingles vary from one manufacturer to the other depending on the type of raw materials used, but most composite shingles are Class A-rated. They are also strong enough to withstand winds of up to 110 mph resulting from storms.
Mold and algae resistance – Some manufacturers also make composite shingles that can repel mold and algae growth.
Easy to repair – If damaged, these shingles can be replaced one by one – which is an easy process than replacing whole roof sections.
Impact-resistant – The roofing system stands up to damage-causing objects like hail well. It has a Class 4 impact resistance rating.
Reliable – This roofing system does not split, peel, crack or warp, meaning it can maintain its aesthetic appeal for a long time.
Eco-friendly – Synthetic roofs use recycled materials to manufacture and are also recyclable when their useful life is over.
Fade resistance – Exposure to the sun over a long period causes many roofs to fade and look old/unkempt. These shingles can, however, be treated to become resistant to the sun’s harmful rays and give your house a pristine look for decades.
Composite and asphalt shingles have many similarities, but one is more popular than the other mainly because of its price. The first is more durable than asphalt shingles, and therefore more costly to purchase. They carry a longer warranty, can mimic the look of most other roofing materials, and are light in weight (hence easy to transport and install).