5 Reasons So Many Homeowners Select Composition Shingles

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The shingles on your roof serve a variety of purposes; they protect your home from the elements, they add curb appeal, and they boost the longevity of your rooftop itself. Shingles, however, are a broad category with a variety of different types, each with its own advantages.

Shingles can be fashioned from metal, wood, slate, or even tile and each can enhance your home in its own particular way. More homeowners, however, are choosing to go with composition shingles for their rooftops.

Composition shingles, also known as asphalt shingles, are made from a combination of asphalt and fiberglass. They are an extremely popular option for many homeowners, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Here are five reasons they’re a new favorite:


Of all the different parts of your home, perhaps nothing takes as much of a beating as your roof. It’s constantly subjected to the elements: from the scorching heat of summer to the freezing cold of winter. It is battered by the rain, hammered by the wind, and heated by the sun. As a result, the shingles on your roof need to be durable.

While all types of shingles will have to be replaced eventually, some last longer than others. One of the great advantages of composition shingles is their durability. They are highly resistant to moisture, so rain and ice are unlikely to cause damage. They also resist fire damage, a must when it comes to the safety of your home.


Needless to say, cost is always a factor when you’re constructing any part of your home. While you don’t want to cut corners, there is no need for excessive spending either. Other types of shingles can often be extremely expensive, while composition shingles come with a low upfront cost and can last you for well over a decade.

It is impossible, however, to predict exactly how much the upfront cost will be for any given house and that is because even among composition shingles, you’ll have several options. The upfront cost also depends on the square footage of your home; since your roof is likely to be sloped, it will have a greater square footage than the actual footprint of the rest of the house. You will have to contact your local roofer for a quote; try Interstate Roofing if you’re in the Portland area.

Curb Appeal

People tend to think of composition shingles as the “boring” choice. If they are in the market for something with more of an aesthetic appeal, they’re likely to opt for a more expensive option, such as slate or tile. And while these are wonderful choices and absolutely valid, it’s certainly possible to have an appealing rooftop while making use of affordable composition shingles.

They come in a variety of colors including red, green, blue, yellow, and others. They are also made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes; composition shingles can even be made to mimic shingles made from other materials.


Building on the above, asphalt shingles are also prized for their versatility. They can be made to imitate almost any other type of roofing material and come in a variety of types, the most basic being the 3-tab shingle.

This is an extremely inexpensive type of rooftop shingle that, as its name suggests, makes use of a very simple 3 tab pattern. This shingle will do the job just fine for most homes. However, if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, there are also architectural-style shingles; they have the advantage of adding a three-dimensional look to the roof of your home, much like more expensive roofing materials achieve.

You can also opt for premium-style shingles; these are more expensive than any of the other types of composition shingles, but they have a truly unique appearance that will go a long way toward giving your home an upscale appearance. 


While material selection is important as it impacts aesthetics and cost, it’s just as important to consider upkeep. Pricier roofing materials tend to require a lot of maintenance; they require extra features, such as ice stops, as well.

One of the biggest advantages of composition shingles is the ease with which they can be maintained. You’ll still have to do regular housekeeping, of course; periodically, you’ll have to clear leaves and debris from your roof and, as with all other types of roof shingles, composition shingles will occasionally get clutter stuck underneath. However, cleaning your roof is often a simpler matter of using a leaf blower to remove debris; you’ll rarely have to do much more than that.

On a semi-regular basis, you’ll also want a professional roofer, such as Interstate Roofing, to perform an inspection. They will check all the parts of your roof, including the shingles, and determine if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. If any shingles are missing, broken, buckled, cracked, or loose, your roofers can make the repairs at this time. They can also replace the flashing that will occasionally become cracked or corroded.

Finding a Roofer

If you’ve made the decision to install composition shingles on the roof of your home, your next step will be to find a reputable roofer. Make sure to find someone who can perform the installation, repair, and maintenance work that’s required. You’ll also want to hire a company who offers comprehensive manufacturer and labor warranties, includes roof tear-off, and is properly insured and permitted.

Also, make sure to read reviews, and confirm the company has performed similar projects in the area and can offer customer referrals.

Anytime you’re looking to perform work on your roof look at it as an investment rather than an expense, With this in mind, you’ll want to select a company that is committed to safety, high-quality work, and excellent customer service. It’ll make a difference today and in the years to come.

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