With the end of the decade right around the corner, people are looking to update their home’s exterior for one reason or another. Sometimes they just want a new look, but in many cases, homeowners will find themselves needing to replace their siding or even their roof due to age or damage. Of all the parts of your home’s exterior, keeping your roof in good condition is most important.
Most would just choose the best asphalt shingles, but 2020 is the year to choose something better and more durable. Instead of regular asphalt shingles, consider durable synthetic shingles that look like asphalt.
Skip Traditional Asphalt–Go Synthetic
Asphalt shingles have long been the primary roofing option across the country, but these days, there are more (and better) options. F Wave is a company that has created the REVIA® line of synthetic roofing shingles. Their unique commercial-grade polymer construction makes for a beautiful, lightweight, and highly durable shingle. The REVIA® shingles are made to resemble the look of traditional asphalt shingles and even slate tiles, which makes them the perfect alternative to traditional roofing options.
What Makes Synthetic Shingles So Popular?
One of the biggest benefits of synthetic shingles is their durability. The line of synthetic shingles is 2.5 times stronger than traditional asphalt shingles. They offer an authentic, ultra-dimensional look, with a tough, single-piece construction, which means that you will not have to worry about the delimitation of shingle layers, the potential of adhesive failure, or even granule loss. The construction quality also means that they are also resistant to problems like cracking and fading.
There are many other features help make synthetic shingles a popular roofing option. They have a Class A Fire Rating and a Class 4 Impact Rating, the highest ratings possible for construction materials. They also are capable of withstanding up to 130 mph winds. With so much durability built-in, they are the perfect option for houses anywhere–from wildfire-prone California to hurricane-prone states like Florida.
What’s Wrong with Asphalt Shingles?
While asphalt shingles look nice, even the highest quality brands are not perfect. They are not nearly as wind-resistant as their synthetic counterparts. Real asphalt shingles are made up of layers that can peel and crack, or tear easily, and do not offer much fire or impact resistance without extra coatings or protection.
Asphalt shingles, for one, have to be installed correctly. Otherwise, you can encounter all sorts of expensive and potentially disastrous issues, like raised shingles that can be torn or blown away by strong winds. Over time, shingles may experience issues like blistering, splitting, tearing, and even granule loss. These issues can arise for several reasons, but age and moisture are the top two culprits.
In some cases, simple repairs can be made, but in other cases, the whole roof has to be replaced, which can be very expensive.
The Synthetic Roofing Trend in 2020
Asphalt shingles were once the top choice for roofing material across the country. However, 2020 is the year to try something new and better. Instead of choosing asphalt, use synthetic shingles, like the REVIA® line, which offers the same beautiful, realistic asphalt look but gives you much more durability. You will not be disappointed by choosing these shingles for your home roofing design.
Synthetic Roofing Design Ideas
1. Skip the Basic Shapes
F‑WAVE™ REVIA® shingles are special for their features, as well as their appearance. They look just like real asphalt shingles, since their ultra-dimensional design gives them much more depth. There are two different style options: the classic, rectangular American Blends series, and the stand out Estate Series, which offers a more sophisticated look.
2. Match the Roof Color to Your Exterior
What makes synthetic shingles, like the REVIA® line, so nice is that they aren’t only one single color. Within one color option, there is enough variance that you can easily match your roof to stone or tile accents on your home to help tie things together.
3. A Dark Roof With Light Siding
Nothing is more classic for home styles than matching a dark roof with a simple, clean white or light-colored exterior. It is a combination that really allows your home’s roof to stand out while remaining very traditional.
4. Choose Something Light
Synthetic shingles offer more variety in their colors, while asphalt shingles are usually dark. For something different, you can consider a lighter gray synthetic shingle, that will help to brighten your home’s exterior and allow it to stand out from the other, dark-roofed homes in your neighborhood
5. Go With Brown Shingles
It’s not often that you see brown shingles outside of wood shakes, but the REVIA® synthetic shingles have a beautiful dark brown option that looks good on any home. With bits of lighter brown to help break up the dark areas, it’s a lovely option that can give homes a slightly different, but traditional look.
Synthetic, the New Normal
Asphalt shingles have been a tradition for a long time, but they are by no means the most durable option on the market. If you were to choose the best asphalt shingles you can get, there are also many potential problems you can encounter. For this new year 2020, it’s the year to choose a roof that you can rely on for years to come to be strong and durable.
Synthetic shingles are the best option for homeowners for reliability–while it looks like real asphalt, it is far more durable, keeping you and your home better protected.