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Composite Roofing

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

roofing here.

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:

Strip Shingles

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.

Laminated Shingles

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.

Premium Laminate Shingles

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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