Asphalt shingles are affordable, energy-efficient and versatile, making them the most popular option for residential roofing in the country. Homeowners today, however, have an alternative: fiberglass shingles.
CMS Roofing talks about fiberglass shingles and how they stack up against asphalt shingles. This information might help you decide on which material to use when you replace your roof.
The key difference between a fiberglass shingle and a regular asphalt shingle is the base. Both shingles feature asphalt granules embedded in resin as the top layer, but a fiberglass shingle’s base layer is made of a fiberglass mat. A standard asphalt shingle has a base made of organic material, such as paper or felt.
Roofers that have worked with both types of shingles will tell you that those are some of the lightest roofing options available today. Fiberglass shingles are built with thinner layers, making them just slightly lighter than their more traditional counterparts.
While both types of shingles are very durable for their weight and price, fiberglass shingles have a thinner layer of asphalt, which means they don’t last as long as standard shingles. However, they provide better fire and moisture resistance because fiberglass is not flammable, unlike paper or felt.
Fiberglass shingles and standard asphalt shingles are a lot cheaper than other materials. Most roofing contractors agree that they are a more practical choice. However, since fiberglass shingles are lighter and easier to install (plus manufacturing them requires less asphalt), they are less expensive than standard asphalt shingle roofs.
Think about fiberglass shingles if you’re in need of a new roof that won’t drain your bank account. We can help you! CMS Roofing is your leading source of roofing solutions in Charleston and Columbia, SC. You can call us at (803) 732-5558 or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.