When it’s time to repair or replace their roofs, homeowners always wonder about the different roofing materials available and which one they should choose. Roofing shingles are by far the most popular choice, but you must still choose between the different types of shingles.
In a previous post, we mentioned that the best choice of roofing shingle for any home is really up to the homeowner. Some shingle types, like slate, last longer than others, but they are far more expensive too.
Of all the options, asphalt shingles are installed on more homes than any other. It’s estimated that up to 80% of homes in Toronto and the GTA are topped with asphalt shingles.
Two Types of Asphalt Shingles
But even if you decide to go with tried and true asphalt, you still have a decision to make because there are two basic types of asphalt shingle.
All asphalt shingles are constructed in layers. Basically a base layer is coated with a layer of asphalt compound and then topped with protective granules.
The two types of shingles are determined by the base layer.
Organic asphalt shingles
the base layer is made of either felt or paper soaked asphalt.
have a base layer that’s made of fiberglass held together with resin.
While both types of shingle have their advantages, homeowners who go with fiberglass shingles will likely do so for one or more of the following reasons:
1. More Fire Resistant
The fiberglass base gives the shingle a higher fire rating versus felt or paper-based shingles.
2. Easier to Install
The fiberglass base is lighter and easier for roofers to work with, which can also mean faster installation or repair times.
3. Better for the Environment
Fibreglass shingles contain less asphalt and the base can be recycled.
Again, different roofing material options offer different advantages for every roof. If you’d like to learn more about which material might be the best one for your home, call us here at Chouinard Bros.; we’re be happy to answer your questions.
Please note: Chouinard Bros. does not recommend any homeowner complete repairs to their roof of their own. Our technicians are skilled at performing this work and have received years of training to understand how to complete repairs safely.