WHAT IS A COMPOSITION ROOF?

Asphalt Shingle Roof on Residential Roof at Leak Seal Roofing in Camas, WA

Composition roofs are composed of asphalt, rock granules, and fiberglass. There are several types to choose from and offer a variety of benefits to your home.

COMMON TYPES OF COMPOSITION SHINGLES

3-TAB SHINGLES

3-Tab shingles obtains a series of vertical slots that are notched into the shingle, splitting its lower half into three “tabs,” creating a classic roof shingle pattern. A downfall of the 3-tab shingle roof composition is that it’s not as long lasting as other composition styles. The warranties for this shingle pattern are also much shorter because they can’t withstand high winds and trap excess moisture.

ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES

Architectural shingles—also known as laminate or dimensional shingles—are the most common shingle choice for composition roofs. Architectural shingles have a two-piece design that are laminated together, providing double the thickness of 3-tab shingles. The warranties of this style last longer than 3-tab shingles and offer a more attractive, natural look. They can also withstand strong winds and more significant weather conditions.

PREMIUM COMPOSITION SHINGLES

Premium composition shingles are the most elite composition roof option. They’re a significant investment, but they produce the highest quality roof compared to 3-tab and architectural styles. Due to their ability to withstand intense weather conditions, they provide your home with high-quality durability and style.

BENEFITS OF COMPOSITION ROOF SHINGLES

LONG LIFE EXPECTANCY

The long life expectancy is one of the most attractive features of composition shingle roofing. A composition rooflifespan typically lasts between 15 to 20 years but can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years if it’s routinely maintained.  

COST-EFFECTIVE

Composition roof installation generally costs between $5,000 and $25,000. This price difference depends on the types of roofing products used as well as the size of your home. Although this may seem like a significant investment, composition roofs offer you the best deal for how long they last.

MANY STYLE CHOICES

As mentioned earlier, composite shingles come in three types: 3-tab, architectural, and premium. In addition to these style choices, they also come in a variety of color options. A home’s roof accounts for 40% of its visual appeal, so it’s crucial to consider color options.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Composition roofs are great for the environment and contribute to your “green” efforts. Most composite roofing styles are constructed with recycled materials.

RESISTANT TO DAMAGE

If you’re looking for roof durability, composite shingles are the way to go. They have a rugged exterior which makes them resistant to impact against hail, rain, heavy snowfall, and strong winds.

Many roofing products fade over time due to intense sun exposure. However, composite shingles are resistant to fading, so they remain visually appealing for years to come.

FLAME-RESISTANT

All roofing materials are built differently, particularly when it comes to fire resistance. For example, composite shinglesare fire-resistant, which can help reduce the spread of a house fire—both internally and externally.

EASY TO REPLACE

Composite shingles last a long time, but eventually, they’ll need a replacement. Luckily, they’re easy to replace with how they’re structured and layered, whether it’s a small portion or a total replacement.

MINIMAL MAINTENANCE

Maintenance of composition-styled roofs is minimal because they’re highly resistant to mold, algae, and stains. As a result, homeowners only need to schedule an inspection once a year to ensure the roof stays in pristine condition.

DOWNFALLS OF A COMPOSITION ROOF TYPE

Although composition roofs have a lot of perks, there’s always going to be pitfalls of any roofing option:

IT’S AN INVESTMENT

Compared to wood shingles and asphalt shingle roofs, composite materials are much more costly. The upfront costs are high but are much more likely to last you in the long run. Before installing composite shingles, you must consider saving up and setting aside additional funds for this roof type.

MAY REQUIRE SPECIFIC FINISHES

Overall, composite shingles are resistant to moisture and build-up. However, you may still need to invest in finishes that help detract additional moisture for heavy rain months.

LEAK SEAL’S ROOFING MATERIALS ARE SECOND TO NONE

Leak Seal Roofing is dedicated to supplying your home with the best roof on the block. Our top priority is using high-quality material to ensure long-lasting value to your home. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate or evaluation!