Fiberglass shingles are indistinguishable from the more familiar organic asphalt shingles in many ways: both have asphalt upper layers mixed with granule, both are available in similar color palettes, and both can be installed in the same type of roof deck.
But that’s where the similarities end. Fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass base or mat, whereas organic asphalt shingles have wood fiber mats similar to paper. When you’re planning an upcoming roof replacement project, the following are why you should ask roofing contractors about fiberglass shingles:
It’s lightweight – Fiberglass is much lighter than its organic counterpart, which helps make installation more efficient and cuts down on delivery and installation times. This also means you get to save on roof deck reinstallation costs, as fiberglass shingles are light enough to be installed on any existing roof deck in good condition.
It lasts longer – Fiberglass shingles typically have a 30-year lifespan, slightly longer than organic asphalt shingles. This is because fiberglass can better withstand daily roofing wear and tear, is less likely to get torn from the roof deck under exposure to strong winds, and can withstand sea air, pollutants, and other potentially corrosive substances.
It’s accessible – Fiberglass shingles have been around for a few decades now and available in just about every configuration, from traditional three-tab shingles to premium architectural shingles. Plus, they have the same, if not better, warranties. This lets you focus on finding the right color and style appropriate for your home.
It’s energy-efficient – Fiberglass, as a material, is naturally insulative. In fact, most of today’s homes have fiberglass insulation, in sheet or blown-in form, installed on the attic and outer walls. Quality fiberglass shingles can help reduce the heat absorbed through the roof, which can reduce your indoor cooling requirements and, consequently, your monthly energy consumption. Be careful to only buy from reputable roofing companies, as low-quality fiberglass shingles are susceptible to extreme temperatures, which can lead to premature cracking and warping.
To know more about fiberglass shingles or explore other roofing materials, call CMS Roofing today at (877) 425-4121 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free roofing consultation. We serve Charlotte, NC, Charleston, and Columbia, SC.