Fiberglass roofing shingles are very similar to asphalt based roofing material but are of higher quality and higher durability. Actually, fiberglass shingles are a variation of asphalt shingles composed of fiberglass mats. This type of shingle is a relatively new material when you talk about roof installations or repair but they are often considered to be a good cost effective alternative to the traditional and more common felt mats.
Fiberglass as a material is non porous, resilient, very tough, doesn’t change shape and doesn’t dry out. They are less prone to shattering even when exposed cold weather, being walked on and even strong winds. Fiberglass as well as other asphalt products are environmentally friendly and recyclable.
At a Glance:
Variety – Fiberglass shingles has a wide selection of designs and textures to choose from giving homeowners more to work with when designing or constructing their dream home.
Price – Fiberglass shingles are 25% cheaper (on average) compared to other asphalt based products.
Performance – Fiberglass shingles have high durability, long life expectancy, have the high end roofing material look and are very cost effective.
Installation – A clean work surface is needed prior to installing the fiberglass shingles which means that your old roofing material and any rooftop debris need to be removed. Any holes, damaged or worn parts of your roof also need to be repaired or patched up.
Some things to be aware of regarding fiberglass shingles:
In extreme cold or winter temperatures the fiberglass shingles tend to become somewhat brittle.
If you plan on storing them, make sure to keep them in a warm area of your home.
Common problems that are encountered with fiberglass shingles is called “Thermal Splitting” – This happens when the shingle becomes brittle.