Asphalt shingles: organic vs fibreglass

When it comes to roofing, any quick Google search or homeowner will tell you that asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for roofs. They can last up to 30 years, are cost friendly, and have an assortment of styles and colours. But if you notice your roof is starting to look weathered or aged, it might just be time for a new shingles.

While asphalt shingles are the most common, they also come in two different types of shingles that each offer their own benefits and consideration. That is why Oakwood Roofing & Sheet Metal Co Ltd. in Winnipeg shares some information about choosing your next asphalt shingle material:

Organic shingles

Organic asphalt shingles are a combination of a mat made from a wood product such as recycled paper and compressed with asphalt. Because of this, they tend to be more flexible than fibreglass shingles. They are also heavier, making them more resistant to strong winds. For homeowners who live in colder climates, organic shingles are the most common choice because of their weather resistance; however, there are some downsides to consider as well.

Because of their wood component, they absorb more water and are more likely to become warped. They also do not have as high a rating when it comes to fire protection. If you live in a colder climate and typically have windy storms, then organic shingles are the best option. Otherwise, fibreglass shingles are also an option to consider.

Fibreglass shingles

With fibreglass shingles, they are made with a layer of glass, instead of a single layer of wood. This provides both different benefits, but also some setbacks. As a DIY installation, fibreglass is light-weight, which makes it easier to install. They have better fire protection and, because they have less asphalt than organic shingles, they are more environmentally friendly.

However, with a lighter glass material, they are less durable than the organic shingles, so windy storms may be an issue. They are less ideal for cold climates, but are a more ideal choice in warmer climates. However, if you live in a warmer climate, want a lightly less expensive installation cost, and want an environmentally-friendly roofing option, then fibreglass is the best way to go. Find out more about DIY roofing installation.

Roofers in Winnipeg

Oakwood Roofing & Sheet Metal has been installing and helping maintain roofs for over 40 years. They pride themselves in providing top quality when it comes to shingle and roofing type and ensure that their customer needs and budgets are met and provided for. They also provide expert roof analysis to answer any questions or concerns.

For the link to our Renovation Find landing page (at the bottom of the blog) can you also add our Kenora, Ontario location that we opened last summer?  Address is 102 Devlin Drive, Keewatin ON (Keewatin is now part of Kenora).

Contact Oakwood Roofing & Sheet Metal Co Ltd. today for any inquiries, estimates, or installations!

Live in Ontario? You’re in luck! They also have a location in Kenora, Ontario at 102 Devlin Drive, Keewatin, ON. 

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