Composite Roofing Questions
Composite Roofing Answers
Composite or synthetic roofing shingles are made of a mixture of several commonly used roofing materials such as fiberglass, recycled paper products and asphalt. Composite shingles are fire resistant and don’t have problems with moisture. As an extra incentive, many companies manufacture a shingle that is resistant to mold growth and algae. Also, if damaged, composite shingles can be replaced on an individual basis. Composite roofing does not crack, split, peel or warp and comes in most any color, shape or size which makes them a highly versatile choice.
Depending upon your choice of roofing shingles, composite roofing can be a great “green” option. Some composite roofing is made with recyclable materials such as post industrial plastics and hemp fibers. Many composite shingle choices carry a 30-50 year warranty which also cuts down on re-roofing.
Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular choice for shingles in the United States, with composite shingles running a close second. Although they share many qualities, composite roofing unlike traditional standard asphalt roofing normally carries a longer warranty and can be manufactured to mimic the look of most if not all roofing materials. Composite shingles are also lighter in weight than asphalt shingles and thus easier to transport and install.
While slate shingles were popular in the United States in the early 20th century they have long been replaced by synthetic or composite slate shingles. Slate composite shingles are lighter in weight and cheaper in cost. At approximately a quarter of the weight of natural slate, composite shingles are easier to transport and install. Normal roofs can support synthetic slate shingles, and standard nails will support them without breaking under the weight. Saving the expense of real slate shingles does not mean compromising the look of the roof. Composite cedar shakes are often manufactured of post industrial plastics, used tires and other materials. They also contain cedar wood shavings and materials to help protect them from UV degradation. These high quality products can easily last as long as 20 years. In fact, without any maintenance, fiberglass cedar shingles and other composite alternatives can carry up to 50 year warranties.
It is the blend of roofing materials that makes composite shingles such as high quality product. Composite shingles are most recognized for their durability. While other roofing shingles last an average of 15-20 years most composite roofing is warrantied from 30-50 years. Some composite shingles are even guaranteed to last a lifetime.