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Composition shingles are quickly becoming a popular choice with many California residents. Since they are manufactured using a variety of recycled materials, they are also a good choice for those who care about helping the environment. Plastic, fiberglass, polyester, rubber, sawdust and other products that used to end up in landfills are now used to improve the strength and durability of roofing shingles. This added strength is due in large part to their layered design.

Traditional asphalt shingles are made from petroleum hydrocarbons. However, composite shingles are made of all synthetic materials. That's cost effective for the homeowner as well as good for the environment. Due to the way in which these shingles are designed and layered, they are manufactured to withstand a wide variety of weather conditions. However, some manufacturers take the extra step of using a top coat of ceramic granules to increase their protective element.

When homeowners hire a local Davis roofing expert to install composite shingles, it's wise to go with a high quality product. Although all types of composite shingles come in multiple colors and styles, inferior products are thinner and won't hold up as well. Whether homeowners are looking to leave something valuable to their kids or they want to increase the curb appeal of their home, looking at the disadvantages of each type of shingle is just as important as analyzing the benefits.

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The most economical shingle is the three tab style. Many homeowners prefer this type of shingle since it is uniform and looks nice when installed by a professional contractor. In fact, the finished design often resembles staggered bricks. The disadvantage of using this style of shingle is that it must be laid down on a perfectly flat surface to look nice. If prior shingles are curled, cracked, torn or missing, the present roof will have to be torn off before new composite shingles can be installed.

For that reason, many homeowners choose a laminated style instead. They are thicker due to a second set of tabs and have a protective coating. The finished look is dimensional and attractive, similar to slate. Plus, they often come with a longer guarantee than the cheaper three tab shingle.

Some contractors will only install premium grade composite shingles. These shingles are heavier and more durable than the other two styles. Since they come with moss retardants and often copper granules for increased weather resistance, they are the ultimate composite shingle for those looking for longevity and curb appeal.

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