Three Categories of Composite Roofing
Choosing the right roofing
materials for your house can become a daunting chore. You will want to look at
things like durability and cost. When considering these things, along with
style and type, you may want to consult a roofing contractor. While
you are deciding what you want, be sure to do plenty of searching around at all
the pros and cons of each roofing type. We will take a quick look at composite
Natural composite materials have
been around since the first ancient builders used straw to reinforce their mud
bricks. Composite roofing shingles include asphalt
shingles and can be organic-based or fiberglass-based. Composite roofing
falls into three categories:
These shingles are distinguished by
the number of tabs they have, the most common type being the “three-tab”
shingle. Depending on the number, shape and alignment of the cutouts, different
textural, lighting, and shadowing effects can be achieved with these shingles.
They typically come with 20 to 30 year warranties.
More than one layer of tabs on
these shingles allow them to create extra thickness, thus they are often
referred to as three-dimensional or architectural shingles.
This type of shingles is the most popular type among builders, roofing
contractors, and homeowners. This type of shingle often carries a warranty of
30 to 50 years.
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These shingles are heavier (triple
layered) laminate and are the top of the line in composite shingles. They are
thicker and physically larger than standard laminated shingles and often have
extra features like moss retardants and modified asphalts incorporated in to
them. These shingles can carry 50 years to a lifetime warranty.
Composite roofing shingles are easy
to install, can fit most any budget, are weather resistant and long lasting,
and come in a wide variety of colors. There are some drawbacks to this type of
shingle, such as being petroleum based and heat absorbent, making them low in
energy efficiency. If you are planning on reroofing
and your present roofing materials are asphalt, don’t dispose of the shingles
in a landfill. Asphalt shingles can be ground up and turned into pavement and
patch material for potholes, sidewalks, ramps, and bridges.
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