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.
Benefits of Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Stunning color palette available
Rated to withstand high winds
Class A fire rating
Ease of installation
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Strip ShinglesAbout three times as long as they are wide.
Manufactured in both metric and standard dimensions.
Distinguished by the number of cutouts or tabs they have.
Three-tab shingles is the most common type of strip shingle.
Can have different lighting/shadowing and textural effects.
Laminated ShinglesReferred to as architectural or three-dimensional shingles.
They create visual depth on a roof.
They convey a custom look on a roof.
Considered to be the favorite among homebuyers, builders and contractors.
Contain more than one layer of tabs to
create extra thickness.
Interlocking ShinglesThese are individual shingles that automatically fasten to each other.
Used to provide greater wind resistance.
They are available in various shapes and
sizes, which provide a wide range of design possibilities.
Large Format ShinglesThey do not use cutouts or tabs.
They are generally hexagonal or rectangular in shape.