Are Synthetic Shingles Good?

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What is a synthetic roof?

The roof on you home is important for many reasons, the main one being the protection and safety of your home, family, and belongings. A secondary but important part of the roof on your home is for curb appeal. You want the best for both of these reasons, which is why your next roofing job should be with synthetic shingles

What is the difference between composite shingles vs synthetic shingles and what are composite shingles anyway? Composite shingles, or synthetic shingles a multi-layer product that includes polymer and other advanced materials that are engineered with a mixture of rubber and recycled plastics. 

Synthetic shingles are a product derived from advanced engineering! Manufacturers use recycled materials to creates a roofing material that mimics other roofing products. They turn out to be as beautiful and durable as the original, but easier to install than cedar, clay, or slate. 

What is the difference between asphalt shingles and composition shingles?

Traditional asphalt shingles fail in 5 key areas: 

  • Granule Loss: Multiple layers make up the asphalt shingle with the top layer being small granules. Those granules are where the shingle color comes from, and it provides UV protection and waterproofing. As the roofing ages, the granules start coming off, removing that protection, and waterproofing. 
  • Easily Torn: With elements like hail and wind, asphalt shingle lifespan is shortened.  With a class D wind rating, they can’t take anything over 90mph. 
  • Heat Generated: While asphalt shingles may provide protection from the sun, but they are also known for generating heat, making the homeowner need to turn the thermostat down and run the air conditioner more. 
  • Algae Growth, Ice Dams: A home that faces north or is in a high humidity climate is prone to have algae growth on the shingles. That excessive moisture collects, leading to mildew in the summer and in the winter, ice dams.  
  • Short Life: Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of 20 years maximum and that is with routine inspections and cleaning. 

With synthetic shingles, those downfalls of asphalt shingles can look worse as we review the pros and cons of synthetic shingles: 

  • Pro – Saves Money: If you’re looking for slate roofing, synthetic shingles that mimic slate aren’t as expensive, more durable, and looks identical to slate. 
  • Con – Longevity: Synthetic slate is a durable product, but it hasn’t been on the market long enough to determine the lifespan. 
  • Pro – Environmental: Actual slate is excavated to make slate shingles. Synthetic shingles are manufactured from recycled materials, making less impact on the environment. 
  • Con – Fire Rating: Class A fire rating is what every insurance company wants on homes. Synthetic shingles aren’t Class A fire rated, so there is no break in the insurance rates. 
  • Pro – Help Easier to Find: There aren’t very many roofing companies or contractors that have the experience of installing slate roofing. However, synthetic shingles that look like slate can be installed and repaired by any experienced roofing contractor. 
  • Con – Appearance: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that goes for synthetic shingles too. 

Are synthetic shingles good quality?

Yes, and the popularity of synthetic shingle roofing is growing as more contractors and homeowners have discovered them. For those who are concerned with the environment, synthetic shingle roofing is made from renewable resources. Yet, they still have the appeal, coloring, and style of the authentic roofing like ceramic tile, clay tile, or slate tile. 

While synthetic shingles have not been on the market awfully long, they too, over time, will be manufactured by more companies, each having different levels of quality control. At this time, synthetic shingles are all a good quality, but there will in time be a less-subpar product in the near future as with any type of roofing product. 

How long do composite shingles last?

The lifespan of traditional asphalt shingles is between 15 and 20 years when made of a good quality and quality installation. Composite synthetic shingles are a durable roofing materials that comes with a warranty between thirty and fifty years. 

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What are the longest lasting roof shingles?

Today, for shingled roofing, laminated shingles have the record of being the longest-lasting ones in the industry. They come in 2 categories: Dimensional or Luxury, both with a lifetime warranty.  The luxury category does the best mimicking when the desired appearance is shakes or slate. 

If you choose to go with synthetic shingles, you want to hire a roofing contractor that can provide you recent references where they have installed this product. A big factor in how they look and how long they last is a contractor that knows how to install synthetic shingles. Call (714) 731-3425 today for your synthetic shingle roof in Orange , CA.