An asphalt roofing shingle uses asphalt for waterproofing. Asphalt is also known as bitumen and is a sticky black semi solid form of petroleum
Initially, all asphalt shingles were organic, with a base of felt or paper. The asphalt-saturated base is covered on both sides with asphalt. The top exposed surface is impregnated with mineral granules (slate, quartz, brik, stone or ceramic) to block UV light. Ultraviolet sunlight can cause the shingle to disintegrate.
Fiberglass asphalt shingles have a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing the mat, made from wet, random laid glass fibre bonded with a urea-formaldehyde resin to make a fiberglass mat. These shingles resist fire better than organic shingles
Fibreglass shingles overtook organic shingles in the early 1980s and are an excellent slope roofing choice. The wide range of architectural shingles provided by Owens Corning provide homeowners with a wide choice of styles to match their home
Advantages of Asphalt Fiberglass shingles
- Cheap – fiberglass is inexpensive and can last longer, reducing the price per square foot of a new roof
- Durable – fibreglass does not hold liquid or moisture and consequently are perform better on a home’s roof
- Lightweight – fiberglass shingles are thinner and lighter in weight, thereby being easier for your roofing contractor to carry and install. This helps reduce installation costs
- Better Fire resistance – Shingles made with a fiberglass substrate earn a class A fire rating
- More Environmental friendly – fiberglass shingles use less asphalt which makes them better for the environment
- A wide variety of colors and shingle type designs. From cool greys to earth tones in an array of bold contrast to smooth clear lines or even a rustic wood shake appearance.
Fiberglass performance shingles are an ideal roofing material choice for our wet climate. Asphalt shingles are lightweight, durable, great value for money and offer a class A Fire rating. Contact us today to ask about a new asphalt shingle roof for your home