There are generally two types of asphalt shingles. They have the same exterior (asphalt) but the base is where they differ. Fiberglass shingles are so called because they have a mat made of fiberglass. Organic shingles have a mat made of paper or some other product made of wood components. Your local roofing contractor can explain the difference in a more technical and detailed manner as they explain your choices.
These two types of shingles are both available in two kinds: architectural and three-tab shingles. The budget kind of shingle is three-tab with their flat layer and low weight. They’re easier to install thanks to their lightness. Architectural shingles cost more but they last longer. They have a heavier base mat and multiple layers, so they appear multi-dimensional.
Architectural shingles may be pricier than three-tab shingles, but these are still both affordable roofing choices that come with very reasonable warranties.
Advantages of Fiberglass Shingles
Fiberglass shingles are a great option because they are lighter than other types of shingles. Lower weight means easier transport, carrying and installation. They apply less strain on your roofing system, as well. Roofing professionals typically charge slightly less for their sale and installation. Fiberglass shingles have less asphalt, so they are more environment-friendly. They also boast a higher fire rating.
Advantages of Organic Shingles
In colder climates, the better choice is to install organic shingles. They have more asphalt so they’re more resistant to the weather. Organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass shingles, if only slightly. Like fiberglass shingles, however, they are easy to install and are very affordable.
Whether you need fiberglass or organic shingles for full roof replacement or roof repair, you can rely on Century Roofing and Siding Ltd. Call us today at (613) 209-2662 for your free estimate. We work with homeowners in Nepean, ON.