Shingle Vs Composition Roof: Which One Is Best
An architectural asphalt shingle roof should last about 80-85 percent of its lifespan, or 25-28 years. On the other hand, composite shingles are expected to last between 40 and 50 years. The impact rating of composite shingles makes them so resilient and long-lasting.
Now that you have had a basic understanding of both, we believe you are ready to compare the two types of roofing materials.
So, let’s get started.
The three qualities described above are the most crucial factors for every homeowner searching for the ideal roof. But, first, let’s examine the curb appeal, lifetime, warranties, and pricing of asphalt and composite shingles.
- Asphalt shingles have a higher curb appeal than composite (synthetic) shingles.
The aesthetic beauty of the street is known as curb appeal. Regardless of whatever style you pick, both roofing materials improve the curb appeal of your property once they are installed. However, a composite roof enhances the curb appeal of your property far more than an architectural asphalt shingle roof.
- Asphalt shingles vs composite (synthetic) shingles in terms of longevity
The lifetime of a roof refers to how long you may expect it to last. The producer of the shingles specifies the lifespan of both types of roofing materials. A manufacturer-specified lifetime for an architectural asphalt shingle roof is roughly 30 years, whereas a composite shingle lasts about 20 years.
- Material warranties for asphalt and composite (synthetic) shingles
A material guarantee is in place to safeguard your roof from issues with the materials themselves in the future. This implies that if your architectural asphalt shingles or composite shingles develop a flaw, the manufacturer will cover the cost of repairing them. Architectural asphalt shingles come with a 30-year prorated warranty right out of the box.
Now, let’s compare the pros and cons of both:
Pros Of Asphalt
- Versatile Use
Its major asset is its versatility to function on any roof design, including those with strange angles and forms. For example, asphalt shingles typically perform well with a high pitch or a low slope.
- Wide Range of Selection
There is a wide range of asphalt shingles to suit your demands, whether you want a distinctive hue to complement your home’s palette or shingles that seem like natural features such as slate or wood.
Cons Of Asphalt
- Granule loss
Granule loss is the most significant disadvantage of asphalt shingles. Small parts break away when the granules disintegrate due to exposure to wind, hail, debris, and the sun. The asphalt becomes brittle and breaks without the granules, resulting in poor performance. The majority of warranties exclude granule loss or damage.
- Wind Resistance
Another disadvantage of asphalt shingles is their resilience to wind. This shingle is easily torn during installation or after being installed on your roof. Asphalt shingles have a lower wind rating of Class D (90 mph winds) or F (100 mph winds) depending on the brand (110). Using various installation procedures, you may be able to enhance the wind rating to 130 mph. However, few asphalt shingles outperform composite shingles in terms of wind resistance (up to 190 mph).
Pros Of Composite
Composite shingles are not only environmentally sustainable, but they also function well. They are water-resistant as well as fire-resistant. In addition, most composite shingles have a Class F to H wind classification, which means they can withstand wind gusts of 110 to 190 miles per hour, making them suitable for windy areas (tornadoes, hurricanes).
Composite shingles have algal protection and they do not peel, fracture, warp, or split, depending on your brand. Many brands also offer extended warranties beyond those offered by asphalt shingles.
Cons Of Composite Shingle
The most significant disadvantage of composite roofing is its huge cost. In terms of resale value, they have a lesser ROI than architectural asphalt shingles, which have the most significant ROI.
Still not sure? Fret not! At Capstone Bros Contracting, our experts help you choose the most suitable type of shingle for your house as per your requirements. Contact us now to receive a quote!
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