Composition Roofing Basics

Composition Roofing Basics
September 2, 2018 Kristina Ray
In Composition Roofing

Composition roofing is the #1 most common residential roofing product on the market. There are more than 126 million homes in America and about 80% of those have composition roofing. That’s approximately 100 million homes with composition roofing! So what are some different types of composition roofing and why are they good?

First of all, composition shingles are named so because they are “composite” in nature, meaning they are a mixture of roofing materials including asphalt and tar paper roofing. Using a mixture of parts makes the shingles diverse and superior. They are eco-friendly and are often made from recycled materials.

It’s very important to note that roof replacement is no small project and therefore a large (but worthy) investment. Because of this, most homeowners choose roofing based on price, but it’s also important to consider durability and maintenance. Likewise, there are three basic levels of composition shingles:

  1. 3-Tab Shingles are the most economic with 60 MPH 

    wind resistance and a 25 year leak free warranty. 

  2. Architectural shingles are premium, mid-range shingles with approximately 110 MPH wind resistance and a limited lifetime warranty.
  3. Laminate shingles are dimensional shingles. They are top of the line with about 130 MPH wind resistance and a limited lifetime warranty

Within each type of shingle, there are several different lines, designs and colors to choose from. Also, each manufacturer has their own brand with several different options and their own warranties. Any good roofer will be able to help you decide which shingle type is best for your home. They should be able to guide you on what color scheme would look best with your home as well. Please contact the roofing specialists at Ray & Sons Construction to get started with a composition roof replacement or repair.