Asphalt Composition Shingles
Many types of hight quality asphalt composition shingles have come onto the market in recent years. These shingles are often called composition shingles because they combine several layers of materials (e.g., to prevent curling, to proved fire resistance and for waterproofing) and are embedded with granules to protect the shingle from ultraviolet light coming from the sun. The majority of roofs in the Kansas City area are covered with composition shingles. Some manufactures make the shingles with changes to the color and/or texture over different parts of the shingle to mimic the look of a wood roof.
If you live in the Kansas City metro area, you might consider buying shingles that are rated for a high wind resistance due to the higher than average wind speeds in the area. For example, you may consider buying shingles that are labeled with 120 mph wind resistance because these shingles have been tested for the labeled wind resistance. You can also ask your installer to show you a selection of shingles that carry a warrantee for a particular wind speed.
The chief benefits to using composition shingles for your roofing project include a relatively high fire and wind resistance and relatively low initial cost and maintenance. The drawbacks to composition shingles are relatively minor. For example, the 3-tab shingles lay so flat that you might see variations in the flatness of your roofing understructure. Higher end composition shingles, such as, the dimensional shingle to not have this problem to the same degree as the 3-tab shingle.