roofingYou may not be familiar enough with the terminology used by contractors to describe roofing. This can make it difficult to understand why different contractors use different terms for the same thing. We are often asked the question, “Are asphalt shingles and composition shingles the same thing?” The short answer to this question is yes.

Asphalt shingles are also known as composition shingles. Both terms refer to roofing materials that are made from fiberglass or organic felt matting and are impregnated in asphalt and then covered with mineral granules. You can be sure that if you hear either of these terms used, it is the same thing.

Composition Shingles

Composite shingles are also known by the name composition shingles. They can be made from asphalt, ceramic, glass fiber, paper, slate, or wood fiber. Composition shingles are extremely durable and can last for up to 50 years if they are maintained properly. They are easy to install and fire-resistant. Composition shingles are also the easiest type of material to use for roof replacement or repairs.

Three types of composition shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most widely used type of roofing material in America. They are durable, inexpensive, and easy to install. There are three types of asphalt shingles: 3-tab, architectural (dimensional and laminate), or luxury. The most basic and least expensive type is 3-tab shingles. They are made from a fiberglass mat, which is then coated with asphalt and then embedded in mineral granules.

A fiberglass mat can also be used to make architectural shingles. However, they are thicker and have more texture. Luxury shingles are the most expensive type and price of asphalt shingle. These shingles are designed to look like more expensive roofing materials such as slate tiles or wood shakes. No matter which asphalt shingle type you choose, your roof will last a lifetime.

Your roof’s shingle is just one part

Although choosing the right type of shingles is an important decision, there are other factors that can affect your roofing system. The structure underneath your roof is just as important as the shingles you see from street view. The composition of your roof is more than just the shingles. It is a combination of key roofing components that are combined to create a complete roof system. The right combination of materials will ensure your roof is strong and can withstand the elements for many years. The main components and materials that make up a roof are:

  • Roof decking
  • Roof flashing
  • Underlayment
  • Shingles
  • Ridge capping
  • Roof vents
  • Pipe boots

These materials and components combine to create a complete roof system that will protect your home from the elements. Contact us today if you aren’t sure where to begin. We’ll be happy to help you choose the right roofing system to protect your home.

How long will a composition shingle roof last?

A composition roof is a popular choice because it is durable, long-lasting, and affordable. The lifespan of a composition roofing system depends on many factors, including the type and installation process.

3-Tab Shingles

The 3-tab shingle is the most popular and least expensive type of composition shingle. These shingles are thinner and have a shorter life span than other types. The average lifespan of 3-tab shingles is 20-25 years.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are thicker than 3-tab shingles and more durable. They are also more costly. They typically last for 30 years.

Luxury Shingles

Luxury shingles are the most expensive, most durable type of composition roofing. Luxury shingles have a life expectancy of between 30-50 years.

Roof repair or replacement?

You may be wondering whether to repair or replace your composition roof if it is showing signs of wear. It all depends on the extent of damage and your budget. You may be able to repair or replace a few shingles if the damage is small. If the damage is extensive, however, it may be cheaper to replace the entire roof.

Roofing contractors may use confusing terminology to confuse homeowners. One example is composition shingles. Composition shingles and asphalt shingles are identical. There are three types: 3-tab, architectural (dimensional and laminate), or luxury. The cost and life expectancy of your roof will be affected by the type of shingle that you choose. The roofing system is just as important as the type of shingle. KM Roof and Home Repair will help you choose the right roofing system for your home.

Not sure what type of roofing material to choose? Contact KM Roof and Home Repair today. We can help you find the right type of roofing for your needs and budget.

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