Depending on your budget, climate, and how long you expect your roof to hold up there are a number of different options available to you. Before beginning any roof replacement it’s important to discuss with your contractor your specific needs so that you remain satisfied with both the look and the durability of the material for years to come. Synthetic composite roofing is one of the best options on the market today for value as well as it’s toughness. Let’s break down what synthetic composite roofing is and determine of it may be a good option for your next roofing project.
What Is Composite Roofing?
By definition, a composite is a combination of several different materials. Composite shingles use a blend of things like fiberglass, asphalt, plastic, wood, and paper to create a product that is strong and flexible. Those materials are blended together with resins, glues, and laminates before being covered in a fine layer of asphalt that protects them from the sun as well as water. Some brands of composite roofing even provide protection from fire and mold.
How Much Does Composite Roofing Cost?
The main thing that attracts homeowners to composite roofing is the affordability. Composite roofing costs far less than slate or shake roofing and can last even longer. On average, and depending on the size of the home composite roofing costs anywhere from $8 - $15 per sf. If you opt for simplistic colors and standard styles the cost will definitely be on the low end. If you want to have more control over the style or choose something custom, then the cost will rise accordingly. Even so, customized composite roofs will still cost far less than other materials.
Will It Be Hard to Maintain?
Composite roofing is naturally resistant to moisture and mold, but that doesn’t mean algae and moss can’t develop on the surface of the shingles as well as in between them, especially if you live in one of the more humid parts of the country. Any buildup of leaves, moss, and algae can seriously impact the longevity of your composite roof, so it’s important to blow leaves off of the surface of the shingles and out of the gutters with a high-powered blower. If you have a substantial buildup of moss or algae, do not pressure wash the shingles. Pressure washing can blast off some of the top layers of the shingles and damage them further, instead, contact a roofing contractor that can use chemicals to kill the moss and remove it while preserving the integrity of your roof.
How Long Does Composite Roofing Last?
Composite roofing is incredibly durable because it relies on several materials working together to create something stronger than any individual materials would have been on their own. A typical shingle, made from slate, wood, or asphalt may last anywhere from 15 - 20 years. On the other hand, many companies who manufacture composite roofing actually offer lifetime guarantees because they believe so strongly in the durability of the material. Of course, the lifespan of your roof is going to depend on how well it is maintained, and luckily with composite roofing, the maintenance is easy and fairly straightforward.
Composition Shingles Advantages
Outside of the advantages, we have already covered, composition shingles bring a host of benefits to roofs in the Black Hills area:
Composite shingles are durable and can be impact and fire-resistant.
Composite shingles are a great balance between cost, aesthetics, and value. You can get composite shingles that look like slate, wood, or many other expensive materials.
Because they are so customizable, it is easy to find composite shingles that match your style of home.
Composition roof warranties can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years, which makes composition shingles a great value in the long run.
Composite shingles are easy on the budget as they are significantly cheaper than slate, shake, or clay, but don't sacrifice the beauty as they still look great.
In some situations, composite can resist cracking and warping better than the original products they are meant to resemble.
Disadvantages to Composition Shingles
Like all construction materials, nothing is perfect. Composition shingles have their issues just like everything else, and they are essential to know before installing or replacing your roof:
Generally, you can not install composition shingles yourself. They require particular tools that only professional installers have.
Composition shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles.
In order to get the best protection, you will need to spend more money to get special finishes that resist moss and mildew in humid climates.
Composition shingles are vulnerable to wind damage. However, you will only need to replace the damaged shingles instead of replacing the whole roof.
If you have questions about composite roofing, asphalt roofing, or metal roofing for either your residential or commercial property or would if like to schedule a consultation with one of our contractors, give us a call today!