What is a Composition Shingle Roof?

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Posted on August 31, 2023 by Phillip Camerer

A composition shingle roof, or asphalt shingle, is a popular and widely used roofing material for residential properties. These shingles are made from either fiberglass or organic felt matting that gets filled with asphalt and topped with mineral granules. That combination of composition materials makes for a durable layer of protection against the elements.

Composition shingles are known for their durability, affordability, and ease of installation. They often come in various colors and styles to suit different architectural designs. However, their primary design function is to withstand multiple weather conditions, including rain, wind, snow, and UV rays.

A key advantage of composition shingle roofs is their low maintenance requirements. They are resistant to rotting, cracking, and warping. Additionally, they offer good fire resistance compared to other roofing materials.

When it comes to installation, composition shingles are a common sight on most residential roofs for their affordable cost and relative ease of installation. They are lightweight compared to other roofing materials, like clay or concrete tiles. That makes them easier to handle during installation and reduces the load on the roof structure.

Three Types of Composition Shingles

As a top choice for roofing materials in the United States, asphalt shingles have earned that top spot for several compelling reasons, including:

  1. Durability that ensures long-lasting protection for your roof.
  2. Relative affordability compared to other shingle options on the market.
  3. Minimizing the time and effort required for installation.

When it comes to asphalt shingles, there are three main types available:

  • Three-Tab Roofing Shingles
  • Architectural Roofing Shingles (also known as dimensional or laminate)
  • Luxury Roofing Shingles

Each type has unique characteristics and benefits that cater to different preferences and budgets.

Three-Tab Roofing Shingles

The most basic three-tab shingles are the least expensive type of asphalt shingle. They are commonly manufactured from a fiberglass matte, blanketed with asphalt, and then embedded with mineral granules.

Architectural Roofing Shingles

The dimensional or laminated shingles, also known as architectural shingles, are constructed from fiberglass. However, they are thicker and have a robust texturized surface.

The composition of architectural shingles is surprisingly durable and dense. Compared to the three-tab shingles, dimensional shingles are thicker and add a bit more texture to the surface.

That texture adds depth and visual interest to a roof’s appearance while enhancing its ability to resist damage from weather elements like wind and hail. Additionally, the increased thickness of these shingles gives them a slightly longer lifespan than standard shingles.

Luxury Roofing Shingles

Of all composition shingles, luxury shingles are known for being the priciest. They are specifically designed to mimic luxurious high-end roof materials like wood shaker shingles or slate tiles.

By using these shingles, you can add a sophisticated and upscale touch to your home’s exterior. Remember that regardless of your chosen type, you can expect a durable, long-lasting roof for years.

Why Choose a Composition Shingle Roof for Your Home?

Choosing the right type of roof for your home is an important decision that significantly impacts your home’s overall appearance and curb appeal. In addition, composition shingles come in variable grades of value, density, durability, and lifespan. But as far as roofing materials, these dimensional shingles remain a popular choice for homeowners for their affordability.

Furthermore, laminated shingles are relatively easy to install when compared with other roofing materials. That saves time during installation and can reduce labor costs associated with professional installation.

If you would like to schedule an in-house consultation and receive a free roofing estimate for the installation of composition shingles, contact the Phillip Camerer Roofing team today at (417) 451-5479.