All Star Roof Systems offers composition shingle roofing systems by GAF Roofing, CertainTeed Roofing and Owens Corning Roofing.
While homeowners have a wide range of choices when it comes to modern composite roofing, fiberglass composition shingles continue to be one of the most popular, making up nearly 85 percent of all home roofing systems. Composition shingles feature a fiberglass reinforcing mat at the center of the shingle, which is coated first with mineral fillers (that adhere to the fiberglass) and then with asphalt, which makes the shingle waterproof. The top surface of the shingle is then embedded with a layer of ceramic granules.
Composition shingles are fire resistant and don’t have much problem with moisture. If winds becomes especially high, shingles can blow off a roof and need replacing. The good news is that composition shingles can be replaced on an individual basis. If the whole roof falls into disrepair, you can even replace the whole roof on top of the old one without incurring any problems.
Composition shingles come in just about any color or design, which makes them a versatile option for almost all homeowners. Composition roofs have a rough texture and they get very hot when the sun beats on them due to their asphalt content. Composition shingles are quiet when walked upon and they typically hold up well to the weight. They also are quiet during inclement weather, as the rain doesn’t cause much noise.
Composition shingles are the cheapest (short-term) option other than rolled asphalt, which only works for flat or barely sloped roofs. The downside is that composition roofs only last 15 to 25 years, so you are likely to need a replacement at some point. Composition roofs also do not add value to a home, so they won’t help with a sale. Installation costs tend to be low because composition shingles take less time to install for roofing professionals.
Composition shingles tend to absorb rather than reflect heat. This makes a house hotter and in turn use more energy to deal with the heat. Another environmental issue with composition shingles is that they rarely are able to be recycled due to how difficult asphalt is to break down. Other roofing options can be recycled and, thus, are a better option for the environment. This is especially important given the relatively short lifespan of composition shingles.