Comparing composite versus asphalt shingles

DaVinci composite tiles
December 5, 2023 at 12:00 p.m.

By DaVinci Roofscapes.

How do you know the right materials to select when replacing your roof? Look to the experts when making your decision.

When it comes time to replace your roof, you need to make some important decisions. Especially when it comes to the materials you select. Composite versus asphalt shingles — which is best for your home?

Many people start by researching asphalt roofing. This is a very popular roofing material. It’s lightweight, relatively inexpensive, and fast to install. Plus, many people believe that asphalt will help them avoid the durability problems they may experience with natural alternatives like slate and wood shake.

Do your material research

However, as people discover, asphalt roofing does not always stand the test of time. Experts point out that many homeowners are left disappointed when their decision to prioritize function over form doesn’t go as planned.

Oftentimes homeowners find out that an asphalt roof has challenges in creating the design (and getting the look) that they desire for their home. You’ll find a wide spectrum of asphalt-based products available that can serve the critical function of protecting your home. However, asphalt doesn’t have the natural look of slate or shake.  

While doing your research, you’ll discover there are limitations to the design element when considering asphalt. 

A dream home should have a dream roof. That’s a key reason why synthetic slate and shake roofing has grown in popularity over the years. (You may wish to check out the Top 3 Roofing Trends of 2024.)

Composite versus asphalt shingles

Some homeowners wish to prioritize durability and curb appeal for their homes. Those are the people who find good results investigating synthetic tiles. They provide you with a more aesthetically appealing look than asphalt. In addition, composite roofing stands up better to the elements, and helps increase the value of your home.

Look carefully at composite versus asphalt shingles:

  • Synthetic roofing tiles resist rotting, cracking and curling. Many asphalt shingles are more susceptible to damage during bad weather, such as hail and strong winds. 
  • Granules from asphalt roofs can come off during storms, clogging gutters and making the roof less functional. 
  • Wind uplift is also a problem for asphalt roofing, causing them to fly away. You won’t have the same experience with composite roofing from DaVinci. These durable tiles can withstand winds up to 110mph. 
  • Algae and moss can grow on asphalt shingles. However, this type of growth cannot occur on DaVinci composite tiles.
  • While asphalt can get brittle with age, composite roofing tiles are long-lasting and keep their same properties. You won’t see cracking or brittle tiles with synthetic roofing.

Look for long-term benefits

To get the appearance of natural materials and have it last, take a look at durable synthetic roofing options on the market today. For example, Select Shake tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes have long lifespans and are easy to maintain. 

You’ll discover that these beautiful composite shake tiles resist hail, impact, decay, and fire, while offering the appearance of natural cedar roofing materials. The tiles hve staggered edges, color variations and dramatic shadows that contribute to their beauty. In addition, they mimic the appearance of natural shake.

As a homeowner you should also be thinking about the warranty coverage on your roof. When comparing asphalt versus composite you’ll find that composite is the true winner. While asphalt shingles often come with a specific timeframe of coverage, synthetic alternatives offer a lifetime warranty.

Get peace of mind with synthetic roofing

With DaVinci Roofscapes products, your synthetic roofing tiles are backed by a lifetime limited material warranty. This can save you headaches and expenses down the line. You’ll also want to check with your insurance company before purchasing a new roof. A new composite roof that is both fire- and impact-resistant may save you on yearly homeowner insurance premiums. That can save you a good bit of money over the lifetime of your roof.

When it comes to finding the best roof for your home, there’s no comparison. Synthetic slate and shake tiles from DaVinci bring your family and home the protection and peace of mind you’ll cherish for many years to come. 

Learn more about high-performing DaVinci products and how you can make the best investment for your home.  

Have a question? AskARoofer.

Find your local roofing contractor in the RoofersCoffeeShop® Contractor Directory. 



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