What is a Composition Roof?

by | Jan 20, 2022 | Home Remodeling, Roofing | 0 comments

What is a composition roof? Composition roofs are roofs made of multiple different materials rather than a singular material such as wood or metal roofs. The most common roofing material in the United States, asphalt shingles, is a composition roof. Asphalt shingles are made of a variety of materials to give them the look and durability they have.

Asphalt shingles come in a few different types, but they aren’t the only composition roofing material out there. Composite shingles made of recycled plastics, rubber, and polymer are also available to homeowners. Regardless of which composition roof you choose, it’s important you know what they can do for your home.

Types of Composition Roofs

There are three types of composition roofs: asphalt shingles, composite shingles, and composite roof tiles. Amongst each of these roofing materials, they have plenty of deviations in their respective categories.

Asphalt Shingles

When asking what a composition roof is, you’ll find most refer to asphalt shingles as the only composition roof. That isn’t the case. Composition roofs are any roofing made of multiple different materials. Asphalt shingles roofs are made of fiberglass or felt base, a layer of asphalt for waterproofing, and ceramic granules. Each layer has its purpose in making these shingles capable of protecting your home from the elements.

Asphalt shingles have three primary types:

  1. 3-Tab Shingles: The most basic form of asphalt shingles and are rarely used in modern roofing. Older homes may still have 3-tab asphalt shingles.
  2. Dimensional Shingles: They may also be referred to as architectural shingles. These feature a thicker layering than 3-tab shingles and are the standard for modern asphalt shingle roofs.
  3. Luxury Shingles: At a higher price, you can select luxury shingles for their higher durability and beauty. They come in all types of colors, textures, and designs.

Asphalt Shingles are a Composition Roof

Composite Shingles

Composite shingles are typically made of polymer, rubber, and plastics. These materials are usually made of recycled materials as it’s highly abundant in the United States. They heavily mimic the look of asphalt shingles, but they also have the ability to look like other materials, such as wood or metal. This composite roofing material is a great choice for those looking for the most bang for their buck.

The benefits of composite shingles include:

  • Lifespan of at least 50 years
  • Mimic almost any material
  • Heat-resistant
  • Impact-resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Mold and Moss resistant

In order to get all the benefits listed above, it is essential you hire an experienced contractor who can install this relatively new composite roof type. Space Construction can help you install your composite roof no matter what materials you want.

Composition Roof Shingles

Composite Roof Tiles

Traditional roof tiles are made of clay, but recent iterations of these Spanish-style tiles have incorporated composite materials, such as recycled plastics. These composite roof tiles are much lighter than your clay or concrete roof tile alternative. Composite roof tiles have the same advantage as composite shingles in that they can look like other materials. The beauty of slate, brick, wood, and other materials can be replicated with these manufactured roofs.

Composite roof tiles feature the following advantages for your roof:

  • Eco-friendly
  • Highly durable
  • Can withstand 110 mph winds
  • Fire retardant
  • Resists mold and moss growth
  • Affordable
  • Last up to 50 years
  • Can appear like other materials

As you can see, composite roof tiles have many benefits for your new roof. If you’re looking to consider this composition roof, then Space Construction would love to help you install it correctly!

Composition Roof Tiles

Hire a Composition Roof Professional

As you can see, you have so much more than asphalt shingles when it comes to composite roofing materials. Asphalt shingles roofs offer their own handful of benefits, but it’s always good to consider other options. Let our Dallas roofing contractors help you with your decision-making! We offer a full suite of roofing services to Dallas residents.

Give us a call at (469) 397-4600, or visit our Free Estimate page to fill out the form. A project manager will be in touch to learn about what you’re looking for in a new roof and your project. We look forward to helping you improve your home in every way possible.


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