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Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Benefits Of Composite Shingles

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Composite shingles are growing in popularity among homeowners. Manufactured from recycled materials such as wood, plastic, fiberglass, metal, cement, polyester and rubber, they offer increased durability over traditional asphalt shingles. Composite shingles are constructed in layers for additional strength and longevity.

Most types have an inner layer of fiberglass with the addition of asphalt granules and minerals that give them extra protection from the weather. After bonding the layers together, some brands also coat them with a layer of ceramic granules for additional protection.

Unlike traditional asphalt, which is made from petroleum hydrocarbons, composite shingles are completely synthetic. Size and thickness depends on the manufacturer, but these environmentally friendly shingles come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Easy for a Virginia Beach roofing contractor to install, three tab roofing shingles are the most economical. Despite their cheaper price, they are guaranteed to last up to 30 years.

The pattern of these three tab shingles is uniform. Once installed over the top of the sheathing, the pattern resembles staggered bricks, but it is actually caused by three tab notches that form the bottom half of the shingle.

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Because the roof is flat once applied, it is difficult to lay over the top of existing roofing that isn't perfectly flat. A tear off is generally recommended with this type of shingle.

The more popular choice is a newer laminated shingle that looks three dimensional when installed. These composite shingles have a second layer of tabs connected to the base that doubles the shingle's thickness. The three dimensional look resembles wood shake and comes with a variety of warranties. Generally, homeowners can expect these composite shingles to be guaranteed for 30 to 50 years.

Premium composite shingles are much heavier and larger than the other two varieties. They usually contain moss retardants, modified asphalts and sometimes copper granules for increased weather resistance to mold.

Overall, composite shingles hold up well in windy areas. They are fire resistant, but the cheaper types are susceptible to algae. If algae is allowed to build up in valleys or other shady areas of the roof, it can cause the shingles to deteriorate. Having regular roofing inspections is necessary with this type of shingle. Annual inspections by a professional can help catch the algae when it first begins to grow. However, the lengthy warranties that come with this type roofing material can far outweigh the inconvenience of having to be extra cautious in wet areas.

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