Compare Fiberglass Vs Organic Roof Shingles | DFW Roofing

There are two types of asphalt shingles: fiberglass and organic. Both have an asphalt exterior, but the difference between the two lies in the base of the shingle. Fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass mat, while organic shingles have a mat made from some kind of wood product, usually paper.

Both types are available in architectural or three-tab styles. Architectural shingles have a heavier base mat and multiple layers of shingles, which makes for a multi-dimensional look. They are stronger and more attractive, yet more expensive. Three-tab shingles, which consist of a single flat layer, are cheaper and easier to install.

Both types of asphalt shingles are among the most affordable roofing products. They’re available in a wide variety of colors and designs, they’re easy to install and they’re sold with long warranties. However, both products tend to be sensitive to weather. They can blow off in strong winds or fade and discolor in the sun.

Fiberglass Roof Shingles Pros

  • Lighter weight – Fiberglass shingles are thinner and lighter in weight, so they’re easier to carry and install. Because of this, professional installation tends to cost less. Fiberglass shingles are also easier to install as a DIY project.

  • Better fire protection – Fiberglass shingles have a higher fire rating than organic-mat shingles.

  • Less expensive – Fiberglass shingles cost slightly less.

  • Environmental benefits – Because fiberglass shingles have less asphalt, they’re better for the environment.

Fiberglass Roof Shingles Cons

  • Not as durable – Fiberglass shingles are not as heavy and rugged because they contain less asphalt. They won’t last as long.

  • Not ideal for cold climates – Fiberglass shingles don’t perform as well as in cold climates.

Asphalt Roof Shingles Pros

  • More durable – Organic-mat shingles tend to last longer than fiberglass shingles because they contain more asphalt. They’re more rugged and more likely to stay put during severe storms.

  • Better for cold climates – Organic-mat shingles perform much better in cold climates. If you live in a region with harsh winters, they’re highly recommended over fiberglass.

Asphalt Roof Shingles Cons

  • Prone to warping – Organic-mat shingles absorb more water, so they’re more likely to warp.

  • Heavier – Organic-mat shingles are heavier, which makes them more difficult to install.

  • Inferior fire protection – Organic-mat shingles are not as highly rated for fire protection because they are usually paper-based.

  • More expensive – Asphalt shingles are slightly more expensive.

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