Asphalt and Fiberglass Roof Shingles

A Comparison Between Asphalt and Fiberglass Roof Shingles

When deciding between fiberglass and organic asphalt shingles, there are a few things to keep in mind. Organic asphalt shingles are usually made of asphalt soaked in felt paper, finished with a covering of asphalt granules. Because they contain mostly asphalt, these shingles will be heavier and more durable, which also makes for a longer installation period. At the same time, organic asphalt shingles absorb more water, making a weaker roof prone to leaks. Because of this, organic asphalt shingles are not as easy to dispose of and are not great for the environment.

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Fiberglass shingles, on the other hand, are easier to recycle. They are thinner and more lightweight, which makes for easier and faster installation. It is also a more cost friendly option because it uses less material. However, if this type of roofing is used in a harsh environment where the roof is frequently being beat down by the elements, then this could make for a less durable product that will need to be replaced sooner. 

Let us look at the pros and cons for each side by side:

Fiberglass Pros:

·         Lighter weight – because they are thinner and lighter in weight, they are easy to install and Joe on the corner can easily tackle this job on the weekend.

·         Fiberglass shingles have a high fire rating over the asphalt shingles.

·         Better for the environment.

·         Fiberglass is less expensive and will put money back in your pocket.

 

Fiberglass Cons:

·         Not ideal for colder climates.

·         They are not as heave and durable and have a shorter life span.

 

Asphalt Pros:

·         They are exceptionally durable and rugged because they contain more asphalt.

·         They are made for colder climates and will last longer under harder climates.

 

Asphalt Cons:

·         They are made of materials that absorb water and therefore will start to warp or resemble a taco shape.

·         They are heavier in weight and will take longer to install.

·         They are not high for fire protection because they are paper based material.

·         More expensive and is a rich man’s roof in the end!!!

fiberglass and organic asphalt shingles, there are a few things to keep in mind. Organic asphalt shingles are usually made of asphalt soaked in felt paper, finished with a covering of asphalt granules. Because they contain mostly asphalt, these shingles will be heavier and more durable, which also makes for a longer installation period.
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