The exterior of your home is meant to be kept up. If you don’t replace or clean the siding, driveways and roof, your property will quickly begin to look like a shabby eyesore. The siding of your home is there for protection from exposure to weather elements. The doors and windows are there for display and to keep inside air in and outside air out. Then there’s the roof, likely the most important part of the home and yet it receives the least attention. You would look at the roof like your back, it receives the least attention compared to the rest of the body. When your roof isn’t attended to, it could cause heat loss and rain and UV rays to leak inside. If you want to keep these out, you will need to have the best protection. Today, composite roofing could be the answer for you.
What is Composite?
Composite isn’t a specific material. It is a compilation of multiple materials that are blended and compressed together. Some people may combine recycled paper, polyester, fiberglass, wood and plastic. They are all bonded together using resins or laminates. Some people refer to these as asphalt shingles because they usually have a granulated asphalt covering, which offers protection from sun rays and water.
How Does Composite Roofing Look?
Composite roofs look just like any other roof that you would find in your neighborhood. The tiles of the roof are long rectangles that contain three large notches. These are used to interlock the overlapping sections of the roof. This type of installation is easy and more affordable. Sometimes, composite roofs can resemble wooden roofs or other materials. You can also find the materials in different colors and shapes. This gives you a lot of room for creativity, when coming up with ideas on which materials to use for the compilation.
Why Composite Roofing?
In many different ways, people consider composite roofing to be a lot better. They are very durable, thanks to their synthetic construction. Some manufacturers offer 30 to 50 year warranties and others offer lifetime warranties. Composite has been tested against hurricane winds, being able to withstand between 80 and 100 mph wind gusts. They have also been tested against fire. It impedes fire and helps to stop it from spreading. During the winter, you can expect more heat to stay inside of your home, since they are known to hold in heat better than wooden shingles. This is great news if you’re looking to lower your power bills this winter.
Maintenance, Repair and Replacement
Little maintenance is usually needed for composite roofs. If you live in a wet area, like near the coast, you could face algae buildup problems. This can cause the roof to deteriorate. You will need to power wash the roof to get rid of the moss. Make sure to cut trees that may over-shade the roof. In the event that your roof needs to be replaced or repaired due to decay or the material has become smoothed, you can have the area re-roofed by a professional contractor. Since you will likely have a long-term warranty, you will be able to have this done under those terms.