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Asphalt Shingles vs Composite. What is the Difference?

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If you are considering a new roof for your home, you may wonder whether composite roofing or asphalt shingles are the best choice for your needs. Both are popular roofing materials, but each possess their own pros and cons. To help you make an informed decision, we have put together some information to provide you with an overview to help you make an informed decision. 

What are asphalt shingles? 

Asphalt shingles are a popular choice for residential roofs, and for good reason too. These shingles are made from a combination of asphalt and fiberglass; installation is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Both eco-friendly and energy efficient, asphalt shingles can reduce utility bills and be easily recycled when their life comes to an end. Asphalt shingles are available in many colors and styles, so you can find one that fits the look of your home. While they do not last as long as composite shingles, they require little maintenance. Because of how lightweight these shingles are, they will not put too much strain on your roof structure. Asphalt shingles are designed to resist intense winds, fire, hail, and other weather conditions, which means they can provide superior protection for your home and family. All in all, asphalt shingles offer excellent value for homeowners looking for a reliable, attractive roofing option. 

There are three types of asphalt shingles; architectural, luxury, and 3-tab. Architectural, or dimensional, asphalt shingles give the look of a wood shake roof without the poor longevity and currently dominate in asphalt shingle installations. Luxury asphalt shingles are larger than other asphalt shingles and appear like slate. These are the most expensive of the three asphalt options. 3-tab shingles get their name from the three tabs used during installation and appear more uniform in their installation pattern. 

What are composite shingles? 

Composite roofing is a type of synthetic material created by several different components. It is often made from recycled materials, such as rubber, plastic, and metal. Composite roofing is extremely durable with the ability to withstand fire, wind, and hail and can last up to 50 years. However, composite roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles and is not as easy to install and therefore more difficult to maintain. Composite shingles use molds of cedar shakes and slate tiles to give an authentic feel to the home. While composite shingles last longer, there is limited customizability.  

What are the Lifespan Differences? 

Composite and asphalt roofing materials have different lifespans, depending on the climate and environment. Generally, composite roofing will last around 25-50 years, while asphalt shingles can last up to 30 years. It is important to note that the lifespan of a roof can be extended with proper maintenance and care. If you are considering installing a new roof, it is an innovative idea to use a professional inspection to determine the best material. 

Composite roof shingles vs. asphalt cost 

Composite and asphalt roofing will vary in price depending on the size and complexity of the project. Asphalt roofing, in particular, tends to be more affordable than composite options, but both types of roofing will vary in price based on the scope of the project. Our asphalt shingles come with GAF’s Golden Pledge warranty which provides lifetime manufacturing warranty and a 15-year wind warranty coverage. 

Which is the best roofing material for Your home? 

When deciding between composite roofing and asphalt shingles, it is important to consider your budget, the look of your home, and the climate in which you live. Composite roofing offers more durability and protection, but it is more expensive. Asphalt shingles are less expensive and easier to maintain, but the lifespan of asphalt roofs is not as long as composite. No matter which material you choose, we are here to ensure your new roof installation lasts. DaBella is a GAF® certified Master Elite® partner. DaBella is the authorized residential roofing contractor you can trust. Top-rated Quality-made products backed by the industry’s leading warranty is only the beginning. Every DaBella roof system is installed by GAF factory-trained technicians. We have won GAF’s industry-recognized awards in Installation Excellence and Consumer Protection. The DaBella team of professionals can help you get the job done. Schedule a consultation with us today and get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your roof is in good hands. Let us help you restore your roof to its best condition – contact us today at 844-DaBella! 


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Steven Shortridge

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Portland, OR

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