Roof shingles can be made from a wide variety of materials like wood, slate, plastic, metal, and composition materials like asphalt. Fiberglass composite shingles remain the most popular roofing system in the United States, accounting for almost 85% of all homes. Composite shingles are made with a fiberglass-reinforced mat that's coated with mineral fillers then asphalt to make the surface waterproof. Our roofing contractors specialize in the installation and repair of composite shingle roofs in Albuquerque, NM.
Types of Composite Shingles
There are three main types of composite shingles available today. The most basic and common is the 3-tab shingle, which is also the most affordable roofing system available. 3-tab shingles look like a single layer product although they have a pattern of tabs that split the lower half of the shingle. Most 3-tab composite shingles have a warranty of 20-30 years.
Laminate shingles or dimensionals are a step up from 3-tab shingles. While similar, this style has a second tabbed layer connected to the base shingle for greater thickness. Laminate shingles can have a warranty of up to 50 years.
Finally, architectural shingles represent the top of the line in composite roofing materials. Architectural composite shingles resemble tabs and they're laid on top of each other for greater strength and durability. These shingles are larger, thicker, and heavier and many are resistant to mildew. The manufacturer's warranty on architectural shingles can be up to 50 years or even for a lifetime.
Composite shingles shouldn't be confused with asphalt shingles which are made from fiberglass or paper that is covered with asphalt coating. While composite shingles may also be made with asphalt, among other things, the two are very different.
Why Choose a Composite Shingle Roof?
There are several good reasons to consider composite shingles for your home:
- Composite shingles are very affordable. 3-tab composition shingles are by far the most affordable roofing system available today.
- Affordable maintenance. While not as maintenance-free as a metal roof, composite shingles are easy to replace when damaged which reduces your long-term maintenance costs.
- Durability. While asphalt shingles will only last between 5 and 20 years, composite shingles last up to 50 years.
- Variety of styles, colors, and textures. Composite shingles are available in a huge array of styles, colors, and textures to match any home design.
If you want a cost-effective roofing system that is easy to maintain and durable, a composite shingle roof may be a good choice. Contact our Albuquerque roofing contractors today to get an estimate on your roof.