Your Guide to Composition Shingles

Uncategorized June 18, 2020

It’s no longer a simple choice when choosing which roofing material is the best to protect your home.  While browsing through the various asphalt shingles, you need to be aware that not every shingle is created equally. 

You may want to upgrade your standard asphalt roof to a comp shingle roof for the extra durability. A composition roof can add an additional 30 years to the lifespan of your roof.

So, what is a composition roof, and how is it different from a standard asphalt roof?

What are Composition Shingles 

Composite shingle roofing sits on top of the majority of residential homes today. Asphalt shingles will have less of an impact on your wallet, however, composition shingles are significantly more durable than they’re asphalt counterpart and can last up to 50 years before needing to be replaced. 

Composition shingles vs asphalt

If you’re just starting your search into choosing a roofing material, you might be confused between composition shingles and asphalt, since they have similar characteristics. 

The core difference is what they’re constructed from. Asphalt composition shingles are composed of multiple materials such as laminate, fiberglass, wood, and slate. Asphalt shingles are constructed with a paper-like wood base or fiberglass mat with asphalt on top and generally have a lifespan between 15-25 years.

Pros and cons of composition roofing 


3-Tab composition shingles are the most budget-friendly in terms of modern roofing. They also are the easiest to repair or replace. 


Compared to asphalt shingles, composition shingles are extremely durable. They also provide protection from harmful UV rays, are less susceptible to fire, and are resistant to unwanted growths, such as mold and fungus. 


Composition shingles come in a multitude of shapes, designs, and coloring. The selection you choose can greatly enhance your home’s curb appeal.


The major downside that comes with composition shingles is that even the highest-end ones aren’t as durable as other roofing material such as steel or copper roofs.

If you choose to install them by yourself, or with an inexperienced roofing contractor, then the warranty may be null and void. 

Types of composition shingles

There are several types of composition roofs. Each has its benefits when making your dream home. 

Composition roof type:

3-Tab shingles: The most economical choice when choosing composition shingles. These are the easiest to maintain, but conversely, they are the least durable, and the shortest manufacturer’s warranty is around 20 years.

Laminate shingles: An upgrade to the 3-tab shingle, due to an additional tab that doubles the thickness of the shingle. Laminate shingles also have an upgraded manufacturer’s warranty, ranging between 30-50 years.

Architectural shingles: These are the top-tier in composition shingles as they’re styled to mimic slabs layered upon each other. This design builds a fundamentally stronger roof. Architectural shingles are more durable than the previous composition shingles and can include additional features such as mold resistance. They also have the best manufacturer’s warranty, which can extend between 50 years to lifetime. 

Individual Shingles: These shingles provide you the adaptability to customize your roof to your personal style. You can arrange these shingles in intricate patterns and configurations that will greatly increase your home’s curb appeal. The major downside is that the labor involved during the installation can be quite extensive. 

Cost associated with composition shingles

Several factors come into play when calculating the cost of installing a new roof. You have to take into account the size, shape, slope, and the number of stories in order to even start an estimate. The average pitch for a roof begins at 4/12 ( the roof’s incline rises 4 inches every foot in length). The labor cost can increase dramatically if the slope exceeds this angle.

You also need to take into account the cost of removing the old roof. Many states have a maximum number of shingles that can be laid on top of each other, meaning that complete removal of the previous roof is in store for most homeowners.  The most considerable aspect of the cost of a new roof will be the material you use.

As with most items that you purchase, the major deciding factor in the cost of a composition shingle roof will be the quality that you choose. Higher-end shingles will come with a higher price tag, but the upfront investment may save you money down the road. This is because higher-grade material requires less maintenance, fewer repairs, and won’t need to be replaced as frequently. 

There is a huge range between the various prices for one roofing square (100 sq ft) of composite shingles. A lower-end shingle may cost around $500 a square while a higher-end one may reach higher than $1,500.


To make sure that you get the best quality composite shingles installed by expert roofers, call JAE Construction Group at 954-357-0560, or fill out our online form. We’re experts in residential roofing for Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area. We also provide Miami commercial roofing services. Stellar customer service is our number one priority, and we aim to deliver!