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Jacksonville Roofing: Article About Major Types Of Asphalt Shingles

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Three in every four homes in the United States has a roof with asphalt shingles. This is because they are very affordable and provide the necessary protection for a home. With this level of popularity, new and improved innovations are coming to the asphalt shingle side of roofing. Two major types of asphalt shingles are organic and fiberglass. This is a reference to the material used in the mat of the shingle.

Each option is equally cost effective for those on a tight construction budget. A Jacksonville roofing professional can explain all the details and options with regard to asphalt roofing materials. Roofing estimates are provided by the square. A square is simply 100 square feet. Asphalt roofing, along with any other type of roofing material, is priced according to the square. While all shingles will have a warranty of a few years, some include a lifetime warranty. The cost of materials is different according to location and the type of product. There are more budget oriented materials on the market, but they will also be of lower quality. Labor costs for the installation of asphalt shingles are on the lower end of the spectrum.

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Both fiberglass and organic shingles are available in a variety of colors and with many added features. Easy installation of these shingles makes the job shorter and with less cost for labor. Fiberglass shingles have a tendency to resist warping better than organic as the organic shingles will absorb water more than fiberglass. Organic asphalt shingles are unfortunately not as resistant to fire as fiberglass shingles.

One major difference between fiberglass and organic asphalt shingles is the weight. Fiberglass shingles are a lighter material than organic. Installation of these is somewhat easier due to the lighter weight. Fiberglass shingles also resist fire better than organic because organic shingles are made of essentially a paper composition. Organic shingles are somewhat more durable and hold up to the extreme cold better than fiberglass shingles. While the two options are very close in price, organic shingles cost a bit more than fiberglass. Prices will vary based upon the supplier, location and contractor.

Both options obviously have advantages and disadvantages. Obtaining the advice and counsel of a qualified roofing professional is always advisable. Homeowners should consider that both organic and fiberglass asphalt shingles will require a certain amount of maintenance for peak efficiency. Regardless, they both offer an affordable approach to a beautiful and sufficient roof.

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