What Are Roofing Composition Shingles?

If you’re pursuing the home-improvement market in search of the right roof, you may be wondering about the best kind of materials to use. There are many different types of roofing materials to choose from. Wood shakes, asphalt shingles, clay tiles, and even metal – the market is chock-full of options. 

Any material will have its plusses and minuses. But remember a roof isn’t just an aesthetic, it is an integral part of the protection of your home or business. That’s why at Warner Roofing, our experts recommend the relatively new composition (or composite) shingle. 

To learn more about composite roofing and why we recommend it, continue reading.

Types of Shingles: Composition vs Traditional 

Asphalt shingles have been around since they were first produced in 1903, but over the years, composition shingles have begun to steal the spotlight. Composition or architectural shingles are made from a variety of roofing materials, including fiberglass, paper products, and asphalt. This means that the shingles can be customized to specific needs by curating their composition, unlike natural materials.

What Are Composition Shingles?

  • CertainTeed makes a composite slate that has a Class A Fire resistant rating, a Class-4 impact rating, and comes with a limited warranty of 50 years.
  • Composite shingles made from recycled materials are eco-friendly and have an Energy Star Certification.
  • Because this type of roof shingle is man-made, it is often more durable than its more natural counterparts. 
  • They can be created with fade-resistant materials, making your investment last even longer. 
  • In most cases, they can withstand winds up to 110 mph. That’s 20 mph more than organic asphalt shingles. 
  • Upfront, they tend to be more expensive than asphalt or 3-tab shingles. However, they are more resilient and oftentimes last longer, potentially saving you money in the long run. 

Asphalt Shingles

  • Asphalt shingles can lose their granules over time. Without this protective granule layer, the shingle will become very brittle and can potentially crack. Elements like wind and hail cause granule loss over time, even with Class 4 impact-rated shingles. 
  • Granule loss is usually not covered by warranty, making for an expensive fix. And asphalt shingles have warranties not much longer than 20 years.
  • Asphalt shingles are relatively weak, causing them to tear easily on impact. 
  • Generally, they can withstand winds up to 90 mph. However, if high winds occur, the shingles are likely to be ripped off of the roof, leaving the home vulnerable to storm damage and costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. 
  • They often generate more heat than other roofing options, causing an increase in AC costs.
  • Upfront, they are cheaper than composite shingles, although installation costs are roughly the same.

Warner Roofing: Your Composition Shingle Experts

Here at Warner Roofing, we want nothing but the best for our clients. With years of experience with both commercial and residential roofing, we guarantee that we’ll treat your home or business like it’s our own. 

A stable, durable roofing system is the centerpiece of a well-functioning home, which is why we build them to last. In fact, we are so confident in our skills that we offer a 10-year warranty on complete tear-off roofs, a 5-year warranty on second-layer roofs, a 2-year warranty on repairs, and 30- and 50-year material warranties.

Interested? Check out our complete list of services here and then reach out to see how we can help.

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