Asphalt vs. Fiberglass Roof Shingles

Colonial-style home with beautiful asphalt shingle roofing systemIt’s no secret that shingle roofing is the preference for homeowners all over the U.S., and it’s not hard to see why. Given the visual appeal and protection that this type of roofing provides for a home, it’s hard to argue against it being one of the best options at your disposal when you’re investing in a roof replacement. However, as you’ve done your research, perhaps you’ve run into the terms “asphalt roof shingles” and “fiberglass roof shingles.” Is there a significant difference between the two? Is one better than the other? Well, the truth is that fiberglass roof shingles are a type of asphalt shingles—the most popular type, in fact. Allow us to break it down for you.

What Are Asphalt Shingles?

Over the years, asphalt shingles have become a favorite among homeowners thanks to their stunning visual appeal, availability in a variety of designs, and impressive durability. But perhaps all you know about these shingles is that they look good and are exceptionally protective. So, what are they actually made of? Well, their composition includes a base mat that is coated in waterproof asphalt, with ceramic granules serving as the top layer for protection against harmful UV rays. There is also an adhesive applied to most shingles during the manufacturing process so that, once installed, the heat of the sun activates that adhesive and causes the shingles to bond together and remain strong against heavy winds and high impact.

What Are Fiberglass Roof Shingles?

To explain what fiberglass roof shingles are specifically, it’s important to refer back to the composition of asphalt shingles. Remember that base mat? In fiberglass roof shingles, the base mat is made from fiberglass instead of asphalt. Fiberglass shingles are known for providing outstanding longevity, largely due to the water resistance of the asphalt coating combining with the strength of fiberglass to create the ultimate protection against the elements.

Invest in the Best Shingle Roofing System for Your Home Today!

The best shingle roofing systems on the market are manufactured by industry leader GAF, and as a homeowner in Virginia, you can have one installed by our expert team at Exterior Source. The fiberglass-asphalt shingles we install from GAF are second to none, and as a GAF Master Elite Contractor, we can supplement our flawless roof installations with the industry-leading Golden Pledge® lifetime warranty.

For more information about the shingle roofing systems we install for Virginia homeowners, get in touch with Exterior Source today. We look forward to enhancing both the curb appeal and protection of your home!

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