What are the benefits to composition shingles?
Composite roofing shingles make up nearly 85% of all home roofing systems for a variety of different reasons. Not only are they a more inexpensive solution, but they also come in a variety of colors, styles, and textures designed to complement the individual exterior style and décor of your home. The three-tab shingles are usually the most cost effective form of composite shingle, but other designs include more elaborate styles of multiple colors or architecturally detailed shingles that can also sometimes provide even longer lasting durability.
Composite shingles are also very easy to replace, either when resurfacing an entire roof or for the repair of specific individual areas. Their lifespan can last up to 50 years, depending on the manufacturer and the individual shingle ratings. Composite roofing systems are also highly flame resistant, protecting your home from fires caused by fallen burning debris, neighboring house fires, and even windblown ash and soot.
Composite shingles should not be confused with those made of asphalt. Asphalt shingles are usually only made from paper or fiberglass which is then covered in the asphalt coating. The asphalt variety also have a much shorter lifespan, lasting only 5 to 20 years at maximum. Composite shingles are much more durable. They can also help to shield the homeowners from harmful UV rays, decrease energy costs and utility bills, and even prevent the growth of mold, algae, and fungus. This mold growth is not only hazardous to your health, but it is also very unsightly, resulting in dark, black streaks on the exterior of the roof.
For a long term roofing system that is easy to maintain, very cost effective, fire retardant, and provides you with a nearly unlimited number of styles and color options, composite shingles are well worth their price.