Are Composite Shingles Better Than Asphalt Shingles?

Asphalt shingles are the standard roofing materials for most residential properties. They have an excellent price point and longevity, making it a primary choice among homeowners. However, composite shingles continue to gain popularity because of its quick installation, longevity, and ease of manufacturing. Here are three advantages to using composite shingles.


Composite shingles use various materials that reinforce your standard vinyl solutions. Top manufacturers use ceramic, asphalt, or fiberglass to reinforce the base material further than asphalt shingle’s performance. With this materials, composite shingles can handle high foot traffic, resist water damage, and attain a longer lifespan than its standard counterpart.


Composite shingles are made from a mixture of recycled materials and plastic. These shingles are designed to be easier to recycle than other types of shingles which can use adhesives that make them difficult to separate. They are also able to withstand harsh weather conditions such as ice and snow better than other materials like asphalt or cedar, which means they will not need frequent replacement.

Requires Some Investment

Unfortunately, asphalt shingles are still much more affordable than composite shingles. Composites use more materials and have more density than standard roof shingles. With this in mind, asphalt roofs do require some investment to attain excellent roofing that protects and lasts for a long time.

Today’s Homeowner highlights the advantages of composite shingles in this short post. Here’s an excerpt:

Look for loose, missing, or broken shingles; and tabs that are flapping in the wind. These all indicate that a new roof may be in your future.

If you have a steep sloped roof or a roof with multiple valleys, go ahead and hire a professional roofing contractor to do the inspection for you. They’ve got the right safety gear, and they know exactly what to look for.

Not all slopes age the same, so make sure you check them all. For example, a southern exposure weathers faster than the other slopes, and a shallow pitch weathers faster than a steep pitch.

Eventually, you may have to replace your roofing, and you’re going to find that there are a lot of options out there when it comes to roofing material. Here are a few questions that will help you decide which roofing material is right for your home.

How long do you want your new roof last? The obvious answer is as long as possible, but different materials have different life spans. Some synthetic products last twice as long, or even longer, than traditional options.

How does the roof material hold up during natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, or even hail storms. Obviously, geography plays a role here. For example, wood shakes are probably not your best option in areas where wildfires are prevalent. In some cases, building codes won’t even allow for wood roofs. On the other hand, homeowners who live in hurricane-prone regions should ensure their roofing material can withstand high winds. (Continued)

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