When it comes to shingles, there are choices galore. But one of the most attractive from a number of standpoints is the laminated composition shingle. Durable, reasonably priced and compatible with a wide range of architectural styles, laminated shingles have long ago destroyed the notion that composition shingles are suitable only for lower-end housing.

"Composition" refers to the fact that the shingle is made up from a composite of different materials. Most are made up of a flexible and durable fiberglass matt that’s blended with asphalt. The fiberglass and asphalt layers are then topped with mineral granules, which give the shingle its durability, weather resistance and color. Virtually all composition shingles carry an Underwriter’s Laboratories Class A fire rating, which is the highest available. This makes them a great choice for fire-prone areas as well.

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