5 Benefits Of Composite Shingles

Posted on: 15 July 2021

Composite shingles are made of a mixture of natural materials, such as slate and wood fibers, combined with synthetic materials. The result is attractive roofing that is also durable. 

1. Economical

Composite shingles mimic the look of more expensive roofing materials, like slate and wooden shakes, quite well since they often contain some of the material they are mimicking. Yet, their cost is only slightly more than that of asphalt shingles, which means they are quite economical and affordable. Further, composite shingles have a long life, which alleviates the cost of frequent roof replacement. 

2. Durable

The blend of natural and synthetic materials creates a durable shingle that can last for decades without damages or leaks. Composite shakes tend to have a longer lifespan than wood shakes and asphalt shingles, and their longevity is sometimes comparable to that of tile and other expensive roofing options. The shingles maintain their color well and resist fading, which can be an issue with other shingle options. Damage resistance is also a benefit since this means the need for fewer repairs. 

3. Eco-Friendly

Many composite shingles are manufactured from recycled materials, which are blended with natural materials to make a durable shingle. This rescues items that were otherwise destined for the landfill. Further, in many cases, the shingles themselves are recyclable as well. Finally, a longer-lasting roof is in and of itself eco-friendly, as the need for fewer roof replacements minimizes the need for new roofing materials to be produced. 

4. Attractive

One of the biggest selling points of composite shingles is their appearance. These shingles come in a wide range of colors and styles, from those that mimic a slate roof perfectly to those made to look like cedar shakes or fancy roof tiles. You can find the shingles in a variety of shapes, as well, from simple rectangles to rustic raw-hewn shingles, as well as more creative shapes like fish scales and diamonds. 

5. Damage-Resistant

Wind, hail, and even fire isn't likely to damage a composite shingle. The shingles have weight to them, so they are rarely blown off or cracked by high winds They are also quite impact-resistant, which is good news if you live in an area prone to hailstorms. Even fire only poses a minimal risk, as the material isn't prone to heat damage and blowing embers will typically extinguish on the roof instead of ignite it. This is a good thing if you live in an area prone to wildfires. 

Contact a roofing company like Landmark Roofing Inc to learn more about residential composite roof installation.