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.
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:
· 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.
· Not ideal for colder climates.
· They are not as heave and durable and have a shorter life span.
· They are exceptionally durable and rugged because they contain more asphalt.
· They are made for colder climates and will last longer under harder climates.
· 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!!!