Composite or fiberglass shingles are the same as traditional asphalt shingles, except for the backing material. Whereas traditional shingles have organic or paper backing material, composite shingles have fiberglass. Storm Master Construction and Roofing takes a look at the advantages of choosing composite shingles for your roof replacement project.
Lightweight – Fiberglass is much lighter than organic shingles of the same size. This helps cut down on shipping, delivery and installation time, as well as cost. Fiberglass shingles are made of a woven fiberglass base mat, which means less asphalt is needed to achieve their waterproofing properties. Lightweight shingles can also save you on the cost of reinforcing the roof, which is normally needed when the new roofing material is heavier.
Longer Lifespan – Traditional asphalt shingles are expected to last about 20 years. Similar fiberglass shingle products, on the other hand, are expected to last about 30 years. Certain types of fiberglass shingles come with features such as UV- and water-resistant coatings, which help improve their lifespan and minimize fading. Roofing contractors like us recommend fiberglass shingles for homeowners near bodies of water like Grapevine Lake, as its fiberglass has better corrosion resistance than organic shingles.
Wide Selection – Fiberglass shingles are offered by almost every roofing shingle manufacturer and are available in every configuration imaginable. These include traditional three-tab shingles, dimensional or architectural shingles and premium styles like fish-scale shingles. Warranty coverage is also on par, if not better. If a particular style or color is available as organic shingles, chances are it’s also available in a fiberglass option.
Energy Efficiency – Fiberglass and other types of composite materials are inherently insulative. Blown-in and batt insulation is made of fiberglass. Certain types of insulated replacement windows are made with composite and fiberglass. Fiberglass shingles have the same properties. When combined with “cool roof” features – such as reflective coatings and light-colored granules – fiberglass shingles can help you save on your indoor cooling costs.
To learn more about our roof repair, maintenance and installation services, call Storm Master Construction and Roofing today at (817) 717-5348. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free no obligation quote. We serve Flower Mound, TX and surrounding areas.