Composite Roofing

Composite roofing is a relatively new material that combines durability, economy, safety, and aesthetic versatility. Not only is it able to withstand severe weather and simple to install, it is available in a wide array of colors and roofing materials that make it an obvious choice for many property owners when selecting a new or replacement roof.

Basics Of Composite Roofing

Composite roofing can be made of a variety of materials. Often some combination of fiberglass, recycled paper, plastic, wood, and other natural and synthetic materials are bonded together using laminates and/or resin. They are sometimes covered in asphalt for increased UV protection and water resistance. Different materials may be used to achieve various appearances and other qualities.

Composite Roofing Panels
Unlike some roofing materials, composite roofing panels come as long rectangular sheets. The larger pieces allow for easier, faster, and less labor-intensive installation. As labor most of the roof replacement cost, the savings can be significant. Once installed, the roof can have the same appearance as traditional smaller shingles. Other finishes and styles may appear like slate or wood. Many different colors and shapes are available to create exactly the look and style that fits your home.

Composite Roofing Cost

Composite roofing can be a very cost-effective choice. While initial costs may be higher than some materials, the ease of installation can lower labor costs, which can help to offset the higher price of materials. Since it lasts for a long time with little maintenance and repair, over time it can prove to be a good investment for a homeowner.

Advantages Of Composite Roofing

Lower Heating And Cooling Bills
Depending on the expected conditions for your region, the heat retention properties can drastically lower your winter heating bills, but may drive up summer cooling costs. Some lighter-colored options combined with improved insulation and ventilation can help offset the heat retention in warmer areas. For coastal homes with salty air, northern locations with extensive snow exposure, or humid climates with heavy algae potential, there are special composite materials that are made to withstand specific conditions.

Little To No Maintenance
Very little maintenance is required to maintain this roof material. The primary consideration is algae build-up. Avoid pressure washing your roof. If algae appears a chemical solution can remove it. Sweeping or air-blowing leaves and other decaying plant matter can help prevent algae. While these roofs can last for many decades, it is important to inspect it regularly. Like any material, it can be damaged by severe storms and falling debris and may occasionally have small areas that need replacing or repair.

Cost Effective
See above section for more on costs. The specialized options available for homes in hurricane or wildfire territory or with higher risk of certain types of damage can add some expense, but may keep the home protected and sound for a long time.

Warranty Information

The synthetic materials provide a durability that natural materials can’t beat. Warranties of 30 or 50 years or even lifetime warranties are not uncommon for these materials. Generally, this roofing is tested for hurricane-style winds of up to 100 mph. Flame-tested materials are resistant to fire and can even stop its spreading.