Request a Free Long Roofing Quote ▾

Composition Roofs: What to Know About Them

Published on Friday March 12, 2021
Composition roof

There are countless roofing options available to homeowners today who are looking to upgrade their roof. One of the most popular of these options is composition roofing, an affordable, easy to install shingle roof system that provides your home with the protection it needs. 

But what is a composition roof? What is a composition roof made out of? And how does a composition roof compare to other roofing types? We’ll answer all of these questions and more. 

What is a Composition Roof?

Composition roofing is a variation of asphalt shingle roofing, though it can be made to mimic many roofing types. Composition roofing is manufactured using a blend of roofing materials like fiberglass, asphalt—even recycled paper—and is often available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes to suit the specific design of your home.

This blend of materials helps make composition shingles fireproof and water-resistant, preventing mold, mildew and algae growth. Plus, they don’t crack, peel or warp easily, even when exposed to severe weather elements.

While not all composition shingles are made equal, many are composed using recyclable materials like plastic, rubber and wood shavings, giving you an eco-friendly roofing option compared to some other types on the market.

How Long Do Composition Roofs Last?

On average, you can expect your composition roof to last about 30 years, though some composition roofing can last even longer. Composition roofing tends to be very durable, which often correlates to longevity.

Keep in mind, however, that a composition roof’s lifespan depends on factors such as the severity of weather events in your region, the specific materials used in the making of your composition roof and the skill level of your roofer when installing your composition roof. 

Pros and Cons of Composition Roofs

Composition shingles

Pros of a Composition Roof

  • Cost efficiency
  • Easy installation
  • Versatile in color, shape and style
  • Durable
  • Manufactured with quality materials
  • Mold-, mildew- and algae-resistant
  • 30+ year lifespan
  • Fire-resistant
  • Eco-friendly/recyclable options

Cons of a Composition Roof

  • Excess sun exposure/high temperatures can lead to premature aging
  • Improper home ventilation can shorten lifespan
  • Hard impact from fallen tree limbs, hail, etc. can cause breakage

How Does Composition Roofing Compare to Other Types of Shingles?

Composition shingles

Composition Roof vs. Natural Materials 

Slate: Composite shingles much more lightweight—about a quarter of the weight of natural slate roofing. They are also more affordable and easier to install without compromising on design or appearance. 

Cedar shakes: Since composition roofing is often made with synthetic materials like plastic and rubber, it doesn’t age as quickly as natural wood, preserving its appearance for a longer period of time. 

Composition Roof vs. Asphalt Shingles

Composition roofing is essentially interchangeable with asphalt shingle roofing. They’re both lightweight, easy to install and tend to last a long time when well-maintained.

The biggest difference between the two is that composition roof shingles are made using a blend of materials that are often recyclable, making composition roofing a bit more eco-friendly than asphalt shingle roofing. 

Composition Roof vs. Metal Roof

While composition roofing is far less expensive and easy to install than metal roofing, the benefits of metal roofing are significant compared to most other roofing types including composition roofing.

Metal roofs are more durable, energy efficient and long-lasting than a majority of roof types, but far more expensive. Ultimately, budget will determine whether or not composition or metal roofing is the right option for you. 

Get a Quote on Your New Roof Today

Looking to get started on your roof replacement? Talk to the experts at Long Roofing about the best roofing material for your home. 

Long Roofing is a premier provider of asphalt shingle and metal roofing across the East Coast, with over 7 decades of home improvement excellence to our name. We offer only the best roofing systems to protect your home, your family and your possessions for decades to come. 

Call or contact us online to request a quote and schedule a free, in-home consultation!

Interested in Long Home Products?
See our special offers now.


*Excludes labor. Subject to credit approval.

**Excludes labor. Subject to credit approval.

One-day installs contingent upon municipal rules and regulations.​

By submitting a form, I authorize Long Home Products to contact me with information abouts its products and services via mail, email, phone and/or text at the contact information provided, even if I am on the national do not call list. Long Home Products may use automated telephone technology to initiate calls to its customers. Calls and in person estimates may be recorded for quality and training purposes.