Many homeowners find themselves torn between the advantages of composite roofing vs shingles. There are pros and cons to each, but in general, homeowners should choose the latter. Composite shingles are lighter, require less maintenance, and are environmentally friendly. However, homeowners should be aware of the costs associated with each choice. Listed below are some pros and cons of composite shingles. For more information, visit the manufacturer's website.

Composite shingles are lighter

When comparing asphalt shingles to composite shingles, the weight difference is clear. Composite shingles contain a combination of recycled materials and plastic, but are stronger than asphalt shingles. In addition, they are resistant to wind and weather, making them ideal for high-wind areas. Most asphalt shingles provide protection against wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, but a high-quality composite shingle can withstand winds of 130 mph or more.

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They cost less

The primary difference between composite roofing and shingles is that composites can be installed over an existing roof. However, the old shingles will have to be removed. If this is not an option, you will need to spend at least $1.40 per square foot to remove the old roof. If you have decided to use composite roofing, you can choose to get a class A or class C fire rating. However, this will boost the price.

Although composite roofing does cost less than shingles, it does come with its share of disadvantages. It's more expensive to install than other types of roofing. Installation can cost between two and three times as much as asphalt or cedar shingles. Additionally, composite shingles require specific techniques to install them. If you're not a roofing contractor, composite shingles might not be the best choice. It's better to hire a professional if you're planning on doing this type of roof installation.

They are eco-friendly

When comparing the environmental benefits of different kinds of roofing, you should consider the recycled content of each type, as well as the longevity of the material. It is a fact that most homeowners have to replace their roof shingles at some point. Conventional asphalt shingles can last up to 20 years, but you're probably better off with something more durable. But even if the environmental benefits aren't your only concern, you may want to consider the longevity of composite roofing versus shingles.

The most popular types of composite shingles are the EcoStar Empire Niagara Shake, the Majestic Shake, and Seneca Shake. Most of these shingles feature 80% post-industrial recycled content. EcoStar has even developed shingles specifically for steep roofs and ridges. Each type of shingle is backed by a 50-year Gold Star Warranty and is made from recycled plastics and rubbers.