Residential Composite Roofing: Frequently Asked Questions

From concrete and wood shingles to asphalt and metal, there are several different options available when you are ready to upgrade your home's roof. Another popular option you might not be as familiar with is composite roofing. Composite roofing is a durable choice that can give your home an updated look for much less money than other popular options. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about residential composite roofing.

What Exactly Is Composite Roofing?

Otherwise known as synthetic roofing, composite roofing systems are shingles manufactured from a mixture of several materials, including asphalt, fiberglass, recycled paper products, polyester, plastic, and wood. The final look of the shingles will be dependent upon the proportion of the materials used. The end result is a very durable plastic material that will last for several decades.

What Are the Benefits of Composite Roofing?

In addition to the material's durability, there are several other benefits to residential composite shingles, including:

  • Mimics the look of real slate or cedar shingles for less.
  • Resistant to mold, mildew, and algae.
  • Resistant to cracking, peeling, and breakage.
  • Available in a wide variety of styles and colors.
  • Amazing warranty coverage.

Unlike traditional asphalt shingles or metal roofing that is attached in large sheets, if a single composite shingle is damaged, it can easily be replaced without having to remove a large portion of your roof.

Is Composite Roofing Environmentally Friendly?

In addition to having a long lifespan, which means you will not need to purchase more manufactured materials to replace your roof prematurely, there are other environmental benefits to choosing composite roofing. The main advantage is that many types of composite roofing are manufactured from recycled materials. Composite shingles are meant to mimic real slate and wood. However, unlike these materials which negatively impact the environment during production, composite roofing is a very eco-conscious choice.

How Do I Care for Composite Roofing?

Luckily, because composite roofing is very durable and resistant to mold and algae, the system will require very little maintenance. Like with any other type of roofing, make sure to trim overgrown branches, watch for damage, and make any necessary repairs as quickly as possible. Remove snow and ice from your roof to prevent ice dams and prevent the weight of the snow from damaging your shingles.

When it comes time to replace your roof, composite shingles are a great option. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact a roofing company, such as Landmark Roofing Inc.