TYPES OF ASPHALT SHINGLES

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Types of Asphalt Shingles

Over the years, even the best laid roofs are exposed to wear and tear. You will eventually have to repair or replace the roof of your home. Asphalt shingles are one of the best roofing options because they are one of the most cost effective roofing options in the market today. There are two types of asphalt shingles: organic and fiberglass. Being aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each type can help you to decide which is the best option for your home.

Organic Asphalt Shingles

Organic shingles simply means non-synthetic. They are made from felt or paper soaked in asphalt. The asphalt-soaked paper is then coated with an additional thick layer of asphalt, then a layer of ceramic granules. Because of this, it becomes waterproof and withstands weather elements very well as its protects the shingle from the sun’s harsh UV rays. However, their paper content makes them more prone to fire damage than fiberglass. They perform quite well in cold, windy, frigid climates. Despite this, organic shingles are known for their durability and affordability. Some organic shingles can last up to 20 years.

Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles also contain some asphalt, but less than organic shingles. They feature a mat that is made of wet fiberglass held together with a urea-formaldehyde resin. The mat is then soaked with asphalt filled with mineral fillers making it waterproof. Because there is no paper coating, fiberglass shingles are more fire resistant than organic ones. They tend to be the better choice for hot climates because they are flame-retardant and heat-resistant. However, they are actually not very ideal for cold climates because low temperatures make them brittle and prone to breaking. Another disadvantage of fiberglass shingles is that they are prone to having a dirty appearance. Unlike organic ones, shingles made of fiberglass are rich in alkaline substances which can attract algae. Eventually, algae buildup reduces the roof’s ability to have a protective effect against the sun’s harsh rays. The result can be a warmer house, which means higher energy costs to keep it cool. If you’re still unsure if you should use asphalt or fiberglass shingles for your roof, call us at 813.515.7040. Our team of licensed roof contractors will help you come up with a decision depending on the climate, home design, and most importantly – budget.

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