Types of Asphalt Singles

Asphalt Roofing Contractors in Middle Georgia
When people say 'roofing shingles", they are usually talking about asphalt shingles. Even though there are many types, asphalt is the most popular and frequently installed shingle. It's low cost, low maintenance, yet high resilience to extreme weather conditions is what makes it an easy choice. But what you may not know is that there are two types of Asphalt shingles. This post can help you decide what's right for you.

Types of Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are divided in two categories: Organic and Fiberglass.

Organic shingles are made of paper. They have an asphalt coating that makes them ‘waterproof’. Fiberglass Shingles provide better fire protection than organic shingles. Both shingles are treated with a protective resin coating that converts them into ‘waterproof’ material. New developments and technology have created architectural shingles. These two layer shingles are bonded with a special sealant that adds an eye-appealing visual effect to the roof.


Asphalt Shingles Benefits

Asphalt shingles may be great alternative for a quick and economic repair. However, be sure to understand the benefits and drawbacks of using them.

Benefits
These are just a few of the benefits of installing asphalt shingles.

  • Asphalt shingles are easy to install
  • Comparatively long life span
  • Broad variety of colors to choose from
  • Asphalt shingles are recyclable and used as by-product for paving
Drawbacks
These are the drawbacks of installing asphalt shingles.

  • Asphalt can decay with sudden weather changes
  • Avoid installing them under severe cold weather
  • Wind can generate uplift upon the shingles
  • Attic ventilation problems may reduce the shingles’ life.
  • Maintenance is required, it is recommended to have periodic maintenance routines
  • They are not an environmental friendly product since they are made out of petroleum

These are just a few of the benefits and drawbacks of asphalt shingles. If you'd like to know more, contact us. Or better yet, schedule an appointment.