Composite Roofing is the lightweight alternative to traditional roofing products such as asphalt shingles, wood shakes, natural slate and cement or clay tile on the market. Or Synthetic compounds which can be made of rubber or plastic, together with fillers or other additives. Composite roofs are made to look like natural products in mainly three categories; Wood Shakes, Slate and Barrel Tile.
About the Composite Roofing Market:
Polymer Composites is less than 1% of the total residential roofing market with a value of approximately 159 million dollars. The compounds are typically installed at the upper end of the housing in distinctive areas for new construction or new roof. The biggest advantage is the compound of the roof is that the roof does not need to be re-performed. Many times the natural products require the trusses to be re-performed in order to manage your weight, which can be from 800 to 1000 pounds per roofing square (100 square feet). Composite materials weigh in around 300-400 pounds per roofing square and do not need to be strengthened. The advantage of composite roofing is that it has a natural look without the weight challenges.
Composite Tiles Advantages:
Easy – Most of the composites are 1/3 the weight of natural products – This makes roof loading & installation easier.
Durability – More durable than the natural products. Less jobs to go broke.
The natural look – Most of the compounds that is designed to look just like the real thing.
Most of the compounds that have the rich, deep texture of natural slate, the authentic look of concrete, clay tiles, and the natural elegance of cedar shakes.
Color – Composite-tiles are available in a variety of colors and styles that mimic the look of traditional products. To the naked eye, many people will not be able to say that it is a compound.
Performance – Many composites are tested to different building code standards such as ICC (International Code Council).
Some of the compounds have special additives that make it resistant to mold and algae growth.
The compounds that can be installed with standard roofing tools (circular saw, drills, coil nail guns).
Warranty-Composite Shingles generally have a 30-50 year warranty. Traditional shingles have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years.
Fade resistant – Composites are made with UV stabilizers, which means that it will withstand the test of time. Composites if done in the right way will not fade to a different color, but they can have a little change similar to that siding.
An Eco-Friendly Roof Options:
Composite shingles have a green message, not only most of them are made of recycled or eco-friendly materials, they are also lighter, which means a higher energy efficiency. Some items in composites would be land filled if they were not used to make the composite tiles. Most composite shingles are also recyclable at the end of his life.
Laura Clark is the marketing coordinator at Diversity-Plastic. She deals with all advertising, exhibitions, promotions and the company’s presence on the web. Laura has been with Diversity-Plast / Trimline building products for 5-1/2 years.