You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
If you like the look of asphalt shingles, but you want more durable roofing, look into residential composite roofing. This roofing is strong and attractive. Plus, it comes in different looks and styles. Here are some more details about residential composite roofing.
Residential Composite Roofing Saves Money
Composite roofing is a high-quality material that costs more than traditional asphalt shingles but costs less than slate, tile, or wood shakes to buy and install. Plus, the roofing is durable and able to tolerate strong winds, so you may have fewer repairs due to storm damage over the life of your roof, and that could save money too. Composite shingles do not warp, peel, split, or crack.
Composite Shingles Have Different Shapes
You can buy composite shingles in the same styles as asphalt shingles. You might want three-tab shingles, laminated shingles, or architectural shingles. While the appearances might be similar, the shingles are made from different materials.
However, if you want a look other than that of a three-tab shingle, you can opt for architectural residential composite roofing that looks like clay tiles, wood shakes, or slate. Your home will have the appearance of a luxury roof while you enjoy the benefits of less expensive roofing that is lightweight and easy to maintain.
Residential Composite Roofing Is Durable
Composite shingles are made from a plastic, fiberglass, or polyester core, covered in minerals, and then topped with asphalt and a layer of ceramic granules. The core of the shingles is what makes them more durable while keeping the asphalt shingle shape.
These shingles have high ratings for impacts, fire, and wind. They resist soaking up water, and some are made to resist moss and algae growth. Since the shingles are so durable, they should resist storm damage and need fewer repairs over their lifetime as compared to regular asphalt shingle roofing.
Composite Shingles Can Be Recycled
These shingles are made from recycled plastic. Plus, when it's time to replace the roof, composite shingles can be recycled so they stay out of the landfill. This can help you feel better about using roofing that isn't natural such as slate or wood shakes. Composite shingles may not be all-natural, but they are sustainably made and they're eligible for the LEED certification, which is a rating system for green building materials.
Your roofing contractor can show you samples of residential composite shingles and explain their benefits and how well they can protect your home. It's worth considering the upgrade so your home will have the best protection while having an attractive roof that increases the curb appeal of your home.
For more information, contact a local roofing company, like Landmark Roofing Inc.