One of the most popular types of roofing materials are asphalt shingles. The two main reasons that asphalt shingles have popularity over the other types of roofing including ceramic, wood or metal are because of its affordability and the ease of which they are installed. Available in two different types – asphalt shingles are attractive, simple and durable enough for most types of homes as well as various climates.
There are two main types of asphalt shingles – organic and fiberglass. Organic asphalt shingles are less durable than fiberglass shingles and typically require more maintenance because of their tendency to grow algae. The durability of asphalt shingles really depends on the climate that they are in, the warmer the climate, the less time you will get out of your asphalt shingles.
Organic shingles are made out of felt paper that is then saturated with asphalt. The layer of asphalt is then coated with a layer of adhesive with ceramic granules set into it. The ceramic granules are what give your asphalt shingles the protection from the sun that they require. Since the sun’s rays are so damaging, they typically cause asphalt shingles to deteriorate sooner than they normally would, which is why the ceramic granules are necessary. The ceramic granules are also used to give you many choices when it comes to choosing the color of your roof, giving you aesthetically pleasing choices for your home.
Organic shingles are heavier than fiberglass shingles, making them withstand weather conditions much better. Heavy winds, heavy rain and hail do not have detrimental effects on organic shingles as it would to its much lighter counterpart, fiberglass shingles. Organic shingles are heavier because they have a higher density of asphalt per square foot than fiberglass shingles have. One downside to organic shingles is that they are typically more expensive than fiberglass shingles.
Fiberglass shingles use a sheet of reinforced fiberglass as opposed to the felt paper that organic shingles use. The asphalt is adhered to the sheet of fiberglass with the help of metal fillers that are the component that actually sticks to the fiberglass and the asphalt fills in the gaps.
The main benefit of fiberglass shingles over organic shingles is their fireproof characteristics. Since felt paper is obviously not fire proof, there is more risk in choosing organic asphalt shingles. Fiberglass shingles are also less costly than organic shingles.
The type of asphalt shingles you choose is a personal preference. Fiberglass shingles are more popular, mostly due to their cheaper cost, but both types of asphalt shingles are a viable choice for most homes.