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Is it about time to replace your old, outdated roof? One of the first steps in planning your roofing project is to choose the best replacement material for your home.

With so many different options available, it can be hard to know where to begin. Well, you’ve come to the right place to learn more! Below, we have an in-depth guide all about composition roofing to help you determine if it’s the right choice for your house. 

After you read through it, we encourage you to reach out to our team to learn more about our roofing services and how we can help you. Please give us a call at 425-881-9771 or contact us online.

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What Is Composition Roofing?

Also known as asphalt shingle roofing, composition roofs are made from a combination of the following materials: 

  • Asphalt
  • Fiberglass
  • Granules

The foundation of the shingle is made from fiberglass, while an asphalt coating makes the shingle resistant to water. Finally, the granules help give your shingles protection from UV rays and give your roof its color. 

Composition roofing is largely considered to be one of the most popular roofing materials on the market and they’re available in a variety of styles and designs to help you customize the look of your exterior.

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The Different Types of Composition Roofing

There are three main types of composition shingles that you can choose for your roofing project: dimensional shingles and luxury shingles. You can learn more about each of them below: 

Dimensional shingles: Also known as architectural shingles, these are more durable than 3-tab shingles because they’re thicker. These shingles are also made from irregular layers, which gives them a dimensional look when installed on your roof. You can even choose dimensional shingles that resemble the look of other roofing materials like tile, slate, and wood shingles. 

Luxury shingles: Luxury or designer shingles are the most expensive composition roofing option because they’re thicker, larger, and more durable than the other options. These are also designed to look like high-end slate tiles, for the ultimate boost in curb appeal.

Solar Shingles: for homeowners who are looking for natural, rustic beauty.

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Choosing Between Monotone and Blends 

Another decision you’ll have to make when planning your composition roofing project is the color you want. There are two design options available to you: monotone and blends. Monotone composition shingles are a single, solid color, giving your roof a uniform look. Blends have two or more colors or shades of color, for a more unique design aesthetic. 

When deciding which option to choose for your home, we recommend thinking about how each option will look with the rest of your exterior. As a good rule of thumb, blends look great on homes that have a solid exterior, while monotone shingles work better with “busier” siding like a stone veneer. 

By choosing the opposite look from your home’s siding, you can create a more complementary design.

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The Components of a Composition Roof

A composition roof is about more than just shingles. When we install your new roofing system, it will include the following components to ensure that water stays out when it rains: 

  • Roof decking
  • Underlayment
  • Roof flashing
  • Ice and water shield
  • Pipe boots
  • Shingles
  • Ridge
  • Soffit vents
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Can You DIY a Composition Roofing Installation?

Since composition roofing is lightweight and easier to install than some other materials, homeowners might wonder if they can install it themselves. However, unless you have extensive roofing experience, we highly recommend hiring a professional instead of going the DIY route. 

Installing any roofing material is dangerous, not only because you risk injuring yourself but also because you could damage your roof, making your home vulnerable to water damage. Hiring a professional roofing contractor for your project can ultimately help you save time, money, and potential headaches.

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How Composition Roofs Compare to Other Materials

Only you can decide which roofing material makes the most sense for your home. To help you make your decision, here’s a quick look at how this option compares to other popular materials. 

  • Cedar shake shingles: Because composition roofs are made from synthetic shingles, they tend to preserve their appearance for longer than cedar shake shingles, which turn a silvery shade over time. 
  • Metal roofing: Composition roofs are much less expensive than metal roofs, but they are not as durable.
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Average Lifespan of a Composition Roof

When you install a new roof on your home, you want to feel confident that you’re making a good investment. On average, you can expect your composition roof to last about 20 years, or maybe even longer if you keep up with regular maintenance.

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There are plenty of advantages to choosing a composition roof for your home. Let’s explore some of them here as you plan your upcoming roof replacement: 

  • Durability: Composition roofs are durable and made to withstand a variety of weather extremes like we experience here in Washington. 
  • Affordability: Composition shingles are one of the most affordable materials on the market, which is great for homeowners looking to update their exteriors on a budget. 
  • Versatility: Many homeowners love composition shingles because they come in a variety of styles, colors, and design options, making it easy to create a custom look for your home. 
  • Easy to Replace: After years of exposure to the elements, you may notice damage to your composition roof. When that time comes, you’ll be glad that it’s easy to repair or replace small sections, helping you avoid a full replacement. 
  • Fire resistance: Unlike some other roofing materials, composite shingles are resistant to fire, helping to give your home extra protection. 
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How to Maintain a Composition Roof

Like all roofing materials, you’ll need to plan for maintenance if you want to get the most out of your composition roof. At a minimum, we recommend doing yearly maintenance like clearing debris off your roof and cleaning out your gutters. However, please be sure to use safety precautions anytime you work on your roof or gutters. 

If you leave wet debris on your roof for too long, there’s a chance that your shingles will start to degrade well before the average lifespan is up. Of course, we get plenty of precipitation here in the Redmond, WA area, making it especially important to keep up with these maintenance tasks to prolong your roof’s lifespan. 

It’s also a good idea to schedule a professional roof inspection from time to time to help identify any areas of concern so you know when to schedule composition roof repair services before they get to the point that they’re beyond repair.

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Trust Larry Haight’s Residential Roofing Company for Your Composition Roofing Project

Now that you’ve read through this guide, you should feel more confident in deciding whether composition roofing is the best choice for your home. When you’re ready to take the next step in planning your roof replacement project, we’re here for you. To get started, please call 425-881-9771 or contact us online.

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