Asphalt Shingles vs. Composition Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most widely used roofing covers on houses because they are the easiest to install and the lowest in cost. They are comprised of paper or fiberglass mat coated with asphalt.

They come in two forms: organic and fiberglass. Organic asphalt shingles have a paper mat or backing with a layer of asphalt added on top. Fiberglass asphalt shingles contain a mat made of fiberglass with a layer of asphalt added on top.

Composition or composite shingles are a newer product that is gaining popularity. They are made from materials such as asphalt or asbestos, laminate, shake, slate, tar paper and wood. The combination of these ingredients improves the shingle's strength and durability.

Asphalt shingles have a warranty that ranges from 5 to 20 years. The warranty depends on the shingle’s strength rating. On the other hand, composite shingles are warranted for 30 to 50 years.

Asphalt shingles are cheaper than composite shingles. They are also considered inexpensive compared to other roofing types such as ceramic, slate and tile. However, if the price of the composite shingles if factored over the warranty period of 30 to 50 years, they turn out to be more cost effective in the long run.

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