Fiberglass shingles are a popular shingle type, but homeowners don’t know much about them. We’ve put together a short FAQ section to help you understand the pros and cons and decide if fiberglass roofs are right for you.
What is a fiberglass shingles?
We bet that fiberglass shingles are something you have seen, even though you might not have heard of them. These shingles are most popular for residential roofs. These are the asphalt shingles you see on the streets.
These shingles are made of a fiberglass mat, which is a tough combination of plastic strands woven together and then covered with asphalt coatings or granules to protect them. This gives the shingle look.
Wait, why don’t you call them fiberglass mat shingles instead?
There are two types of asphalt shingles. One is fiberglass and one is organic. Although organic shingles are less common, you will still find them in homes across South Carolina.
What is the difference between fiberglass and organic?
Many decades ago, organic shingles were introduced as an alternative to fiberglass. They use a core made of organic wood products and are then pressed into a protective layer.
Although they may be more eco-friendly, organic shingles can still have problems. They are susceptible to extensive rot, water damage and mold if moisture gets into the core. They are heavier than fiberglass shingles and therefore more difficult to work with. Their popularity has declined as a result.
Do you recommend fiberglass?
Most cases, yes. In very cold and dry climates, organic shingles might be more successful. Fiberglass shingles work better in humid climates and with more rain. They are more durable and can resist moisture better.
These shingles are available in what styles?
There are many styles and colors available in fiberglass shingles. You should be able find the style that you are looking for. You can even get chemical coatings to inhibit algae growth.
What is the cost of the fiberglass shingles?
Prices may vary. These shingles can be purchased by themselves for $60 to $120 per square feet, depending on their thickness and other features.
Do I have to hire a professional to install fiberglass shingles?
Professional roofing contractors are best able to install shingles on larger projects. They know how to navigate roofs and avoid causing damage.
Call NMB Roofing Pros for roof replacement services and a free roofing assessment to determine the condition of your roof.
NMB Roofing Pros
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582