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Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing type on the US market. People love them because they’re highly affordable, easy to install and should any of your shingles crack or break off, they can be quickly replaced.

There are two main types of shingles available to homeowners today. They are organic-mat asphalt shingles and Fiberglass shingles.

Organic-mat shingles have an organic base which is often made up of cellulose fibers or a paper-based material and is coated with asphalt.

On the other hand, fibreglass shingles have a fiberglass base and are saturated with a waterproof asphalt layer, topped with ceramic granules.

Deciding between the two can be difficult, but that’s why we’re here to help you make the best decision for your home.

 

Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles are renowned for their strength and durability. They are excellent at repelling water, are fire resistant and are great for homes in warmer climates.

The ceramic granules are excellent at reflecting harmful UV rays, and because they’re made up of less asphalt than the organic-mat shingles, they are an environmentally friendly alternative. With regular maintenance and care, you can expect your fiberglass shingle roof to last between 20 to 50 years.

However, compared to the organic-mat shingle, they are the pricier option. Homeowners can expect to pay between $8000 to $16000 for their fiberglass roof, depending on the roof’s size, slope, and pitch. Fiberglass shingles are not the best insulators; therefore, they’re not the best roofing option for homes in cold climates.

 

Organic-Mat Shingles

Organic mat shingles are an excellent roofing material for homeowners looking for affordable yet reliable roofing. These shingles are coated with a layer of asphalt that provides them with strength and durability. It also helps the shingle last longer.

Unlike fiberglass shingles, the organic-mat shingles are great for homes in colder climates as they absorb and hold onto heat. Unfortunately, this characteristic is not the best for homes in warm and humid climates. They are also more likely to hold onto moisture which often leads to warping and curling.

Organic-mat shingles are a lot more affordable; homeowners can expect to pay between $2000 to $5000, depending on the size, pitch and slope of your roof. While these shingles are more affordable, they have a shorter lifespan than fiberglass shingles, lasting between 15 to 30 years.

For more information about America’s favourite roofing material, give AWS Restorations a call today!

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