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What You Should Know About Fiberglass / Asphalt Shingles

Fiberglass / Asphalt roofing shingles aren't complicated, but it helps to know a few things about them so you can make informed decisions about whether it's the right roofing choice.

Asphalt shingles consist of a mat or backing material made from either a cellulose material or fiberglass, the latter being the most prevalent. The backing material is what supports the next layer which is the asphalt mixture.

Finally, this roofing sandwich is topped off with mineral granules which help protect the asphalt. Since asphalt degrades in sunlight, there needs to be something there to protect it, and the granules do that job.

Different Grades, Different Levels of Performance

There are generally three grades of asphalt shingles from which you can choose. Roofing manufacturers and contractors typically refer to them as "good", "better" and "best" products.

Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt roofing shingles make up the lion's share of roofing materials used in residential roofing, and for a good reason, including relatively easy installation and low cost compared to other roofing types. They're versatile, too. Whereas wood shake roofs generally look the same, you can get asphalt shingles in a range of colors and styles.

Asphalt shingles can even be energy efficient, helping to keep your attic and the rest of your house cooler, provided you buy the right product that's rated as an ENERGY STAR roofing shingle.

And while you might think that all asphalt roofing shingles look the same, you might be surprised at what's available. Manufacturers are always working to develop the latest feature or innovation that'll set them apart, and there are a few that you'll want to know about before you choose your next asphalt shingle roof.

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