Economical to manufacture, and widely available, asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material today—not only because they are less expensive than wood, chipboard, brick, metal, or slate, but also because their guaranteed life span pits them favorably against competitors.
There are two types of asphalt shingles: fiberglass and organic.
Fiberglass tendons are made of woven fiberglass mat coated with a waterproof asphalt coating and coated with ceramic granules that protect the product from harmful UV rays. Due to the composition of the fiberglass mat, less asphalt is used to ensure the durability and strength of the shingle. The result is a lighter and thinner roofing material. Fiberglass siding also has a higher fire resistance than organic varieties and usually has a longer warranty. Fiberglass was developed in the 1980s, but has quickly become the roofing material of choice for most homeowners and contractors today.
Traditional organic carpet-based roof tiles are made from a layer of recycled felt paper impregnated with asphalt for waterproofing and covered with adhesive asphalt with ceramic granules embedded in it. Traditional organic carpet-based shingles are heavier, thicker, and more expensive because they contain 40 percent more asphalt than their fiberglass counterparts. Although organic shingles are considered stronger and more flexible, they are also more absorbent and can warp over time. The additional content of asphalt also makes them less environmentally friendly.
Homeowners no longer have to compromise when it comes to adding solar power to their roofs. The solar panels we use are not panels or heavy plates. These roof tiles are waterproof, strong, and can withstand winds of up to 130 mph.
Rack-mounted solar panels – where the sun is separated from the roof – dozens of holes must be drilled into the roof membrane. Damage related to these holes is usually not covered by the roof warranty. The new solar panels we use do not require drilling. Also, the shingles are GAF and offer a superior warranty. Ask us for details. Learn more here.