Which ones are better: fiberglass or asphalt shingles?

Which ones are better: fiberglass or asphalt shingles?

There are many roofing options out there, even between one material such as asphalt. Asphalt shingles come in two types, organic (which is usually just referred to as asphalt) and fiberglass shingles. So, what should you go for, asphalt or fiberglass shingles

Asphalt shingles are very durable and long lasting especially when compared to fiberglass ones. In addition, they are more appropriate for climates with heavy rains and storms. Asphalt shingles are also more appropriate for climates that experience a lot of heavy snow. 

The main problem with asphalt shingles is wrapping. This is caused because of extreme water absorption which eventually changes the look and structure of the shingles making them become less durable. 

In addition, asphalt shingles are heavier than fiberglass ones because they have more asphalt in them. As a result, they are more difficult to install and usually require a professional contractor to do installation, repairs and more work on the roof. Also, asphalt shingles make for a heavier roof, which adds more load to your structure. As such, if you are thinking of replacing an existing roof with asphalt shingles you need to consider the extra strain that will be placed on the structure and whether it is appropriate or not. 

Fiberglass shingles on the other hand are thinner and much lighter. They are easier to install which also means any contractor will charge you less to work with fiberglass shingles than asphalt ones. 

Compared to fiberglass shingles, asphalt ones offer less fire protection. As a result, they are not a good option for areas that experience a lot of wildfires. In addition, fiberglass shingles are also more environmentally friendly. 

Last but not least, organic asphalt shingles are pricier than fiberglass ones. 

All in all, both asphalt and fiberglass shingles have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you live in a cold climate asphalt shingles are better but if you are looking for a less expensive option that is easier to install go for fiberglass shingles. 

Contact us at RH Renovation NYC if you are looking to install a new roofing system with asphalt or fiberglass shingles in the area of New York. Our contractors can also inspect your existing roof, letting you know whether you need a roof repair or replacement. We will walk you through the steps of the project and advice you on the most appropriate material for your structure. 

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