Gregg Roofing, Inc.
27001 S.E. 15th Street
Camas, WA 98607
Business Phone: 360.834.3902
Composition shingles are the most popular choice for residential roofing material. There are two main reasons for their great popularity: 1. They come in a wide range of colors and can be used on the roof of any style of home, from historic to ultra-modern; 2. Composition shingles are inexpensive compared to the cost of other roofing materials, including natural slate, clay tile, metal, and cedar shakes and shingles.
In addition to the extensive color palette, composition shingles come in several styles. Homeowners who want a roof with composition shingles aren’t limited to just one or two colors or styles – instead, they have plenty of choices.
Most composition shingles are made from asphalt, although fiberglass varieties are also available. As a general rule, they are relatively easy to install and require very little maintenance, although in humid climates they can be prone to mildew or moss. Most offer excellent protection for your home, including fire-resistant properties. Their main downfall is their vulnerability to damage caused by wind or ice. If a shingle does blow off in a windstorm or is damaged, repair is easy – the damaged shingle is simply removed and replaced with a new one.
Basically, asphalt composition shingles (you might see them called “organic composition shingles”) consist of thick, rectangular pieces of felt that have been saturated with asphalt, then coated with adhesive asphalt and given a top layer of ceramic granules. The asphalt makes the shingles waterproof. Because these shingles contain a lot more asphalt than fiberglass composition shingles, they’re heavier and resist wind damage better.
Fiberglass composition shingles (sometimes called “non-organic composition shingles”) have a base layer consisting of a fiberglass mat instead of felt. The fiberglass mat is reinforced with a synthetic resin and then coated with asphalt to make it waterproof.
Composition shingles are wallet-friendly and versatile. They’re a smart choice if you need to re-roof your home but your budget won’t stretch far enough for one of the more costly roofing materials.