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Fibreglass vs Organic Shingles

There are generally two types of asphalt shingles. They have the same exterior (asphalt) but the base is where they differ. Fiberglass shingles are so called because they have a mat made of fiberglass. Organic shingles have a mat made of paper or some other product made of wood components. Make sure to consult with your local roofing contractor to learn which option is the best for your Ottawa roof.

Fiberglass vs. Organic Shingles

What are Fiberglass Shingles?

Fiberglass is a type of reinforced plastic that’s composed of a woven material that’s embedded with glass fibres. Fiberglass shingles are made from a fiberglass base layer that’s covered with asphalt coating and ceramic granules. Due to the unique mixture of components, fiberglass shingles require less asphalt for manufacturing, while providing a lightweight, durable, and strong choice for roofing material.

Advantages of Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles are a great option because they are lighter than other types of shingles. Lower weight means easier transport, carrying and installation. They apply less strain on your roofing system, as well. Roofing professionals typically charge slightly less for their sale and installation. Shingles made with fibreglass require less asphalt, so they are more environment-friendly. They also boast a higher fire rating.

What are Organic Shingles?

Organic shingles are a common choice for roofing material and the term simply means that they are non-synthetic. They are made from either paper or felt that’s mixed with asphalt. Once that mixture is created, the process requires another layer of asphalt along with ceramic granules finished overtop. The additional layer of asphalt and ceramic granules ensure that this type of shingle is waterproof and is protected from UV rays.

Advantages of Organic Shingles

In colder climates, the better choice is to install organic shingles. They have more asphalt so they’re more resistant to the weather. Organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass shingles, if only slightly. Like fiberglass shingles, however, they are easy to install and are very affordable.

Availability of Shingles

These two types of shingles are both available in two kinds: architectural and three-tab shingles. The budget kind of shingle is three-tab with their flat layer and low weight. They’re easier to install thanks to their lightness. Architectural shingles cost more but they last longer. They have a heavier base mat and multiple layers, so they appear multi-dimensional.

Architectural shingles may be pricier than three-tab shingles, but these are still both affordable roofing choices that come with very reasonable warranties.

Whether you need fiberglass or organic shingles for full roof replacement or roof repair, you can rely on Century Roofing and Siding Ltd. Contact us today to get a free estimate for all your roofing needs in the Ottawa area.