Composite roofing shingles haven't been on the best terms with homeowners all the time. These roof materials were mythical to the point many mistrusted the claims of "lifetime" extensions composite shingle roofs have. Over time, reliable roofing manufacturers, such as DaVinci Roofscapes, have successfully established their line of composite shingle products that can last for decades. Here's an overview of composite roofing shingles and whether they're the best choice for your property.
Composite roofing shingles use fiberglass, wood fibers, felt, and other materials in creating the best and most durable roofing material available. Cedar wood shake composite shingles from DaVinci Roofscapes look like real wood shakes but have the durability, dependability and lifespan of fiberglass and vinyl tiles.
Some manufacturers can recreate the appearance of asphalt shingles, clay tiles, terracotta tiles, and slate. The flexibility and established composite roofing shingle manufacturing practice has made it one of the most useful roofing materials to this day.
Homeowners willing to invest in high-quality roofs should consider composite shingles, especially if metal roofs aren't up to their needs. Composite shingles have a 50-year lifespan that goes on par with metal roofing materials.
Roofing Calculator has an excellent comparison between composite and asphalt shingles. Read more about it below.
Composite Shingles vs Asphalt Shingles
I know what you’re thinking: Composite shingles and asphalt shingles look the same but have different costs? What’s the difference? We have you covered.
Asphalt shingles are some of the cheapest and most popular roofing products available today. Typically made from a combination of layers of a fiberglass mat, asphalt, and ceramic granules, asphalt shingles are durable and versatile through any type of climate. Many types of asphalt shingles, like CertainTeed's Landmark shingles, have a Class A fire rating and protect against algae growth. But despite their durability, they do require more maintenance than other roofing options. Most asphalt shingles need to be replaced or repaired every 15-20 years, which could increase roof costs and become expensive over time.
Composite shingles look the same but are instead made up of recycled materials, including plastics, which make them more durable as well as more environmentally and eco-friendly than asphalt shingles. Composite shingles are also less prone to peel off or crack in severe weather conditions, having a longer life expectancy of up to 50 years or more. While the materials may cost a little bit more than standard shingles, you won't have to worry about maintenance or roofing contractor fees.
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