As the look of your roof adds character to your home, the material being used is even more important in the decision process. The use of asphalt shingles has become most homeowner’s choice in replacing their roof. This is normally chosen for reasons of aesthetics, affordability, durability, and ease of maintenance. While asphalt shingles may not be as durable as a metal roof or slate, it provides the most feasible solution if you are looking for sufficient protection, and a stylish facade for your home without breaking the bank. Asphalt shingles are composed of a base material categorized into two types: organic shingles and fiberglass shingles. They are available in a variety of designs and colors.

Organic Asphalt Shingles

An Organic shingle is an asphalt roofing material made up of organic elements such as recycled paper, rags, wood fiber and other materials. It is embedded with ceramic granules and top coated with adhesive asphalt making it quite durable and less brittle in cold weather. One downside to Organic shingles is they are heavier which makes them tougher to install. Also, they are more prone to fire damage, and eventual curling from the heat due to its paper-based nature. The production of organic shingles has weakened tremendously due to the stronger Fiberglass shingle becoming more prevalent.

Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

Fiberglass shingles have a lesser amount of asphalt compared to organic. This makes them a better alternative than Organic for environmental reasons. They are composed of fiberglass mats, glass fibers and formaldehyde resins combined with asphalt resins making it a very tough material that won’t dry out. It also will not change shape, and is highly resistant to fire compared to Organic. This type of shingle provides a lower cost solution. Fiberglass shingles are easier to install and repair which ultimately saves time and money.

For Cincinnati Roofing contractors, fiberglass asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle used in new home construction and roof replacement.