If you’re not already familiar with asphalt shingles, they are, as the name would suggest, made partly from asphalt material. These types of roofing shingles are known to last anywhere from 12 to 50 years and are designed to be highly waterproof. Additionally, they are extremely durable and can withstand wind speeds as high as 150mph, depending on their classifications. What makes these shingles so strong? Well, in addition to the asphalt material, they are also comprised of styrene-butadiene-styrene, which is an additive that makes the shingles more pliable; in fact, this same additive is what contributes to their longevity, making them not only pliable but also crack resistant. In essence, they are the equivalent of Kevlar for your roof.
Asphalt shingles are classified as being either fiberglass or organic; although organic has been the standard for many years, fiberglass is quickly becoming a go-to for many homeowners. So, what is the difference between the two shingles? Well, the organic shingles are comprised of asphalt, ceramic granules, and adhesive salt; these shingles can last 12 to 17 years, on average. Fiberglass shingles, as the name would suggest, are made from wet fiberglass that is bonded to a urea-formaldehyde resin and soaked in asphalt; these shingles have a life expectancy of roughly 50 years. Deciding between the two can come down to a budget and style choice. Although they are both waterproof, the fiberglass shingles offer a level of curb appeal not seen in organic shingles, but they may be cost-prohibitive for some consumers. Organic shingles are still a good choice for those homeowners with a modest budget; however, it is worth noting that these shingles are flammable and don’t last nearly as long as fiberglass shingles.
In terms of their ability to withstand high speed, both variations of these shingles can withstand hurricane-force winds; however, it still comes down to how well the shingles were installed. So, although there is a lot to consider, it is worth taking the time to choose the right shingles for your home. Afterall, your home is your biggest investment.