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Killeen Roofing: Article About Organic and Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt shingles account for as much as 75 percent of the homes in the residential market. With that type of market share, multiple innovations have been made through the years to offer many options and improvements. Among asphalt shingles, there are two types available: organic and fiberglass. The major difference in both is in the mat. The mat of organic shingles is paper or wood-based and fiberglass shingles offers a fiberglass mat.

Both of these options are the most affordable in terms of roofing materials. A Killeen roofing contractor will be able to discuss the many options available in asphalt roofing and help determine the best option for the building and budget. Both organic and asphalt shingles are available in multiple colors and with different features and attributes. They are easy to install, which involves less labor expense.

Most roofing materials are priced by the square. Fiberglass shingles cost between 80 and 100 dollars per square. Every type of shingle will come with a warranty of some kind; some with a lifetime warranty. Prices vary by region and product and do not include the cost of installation. Figure an additional 100 to 200 dollars per square for a new roof installation, with more for removing an old roof. Cheaper materials are available with a lower warranty and quality.

The expert roofers at Tony's Roofing of Killeen can assist you with any questions regarding residential roofing or commercial roofing.

Fiberglass shingles are lighter, making them easier to install. In addition, they are more resistant to fire than organic materials and cost less than the organic shingles. Unfortunately, they are not as durable as organic shingles and are not as effective in extremely cold weather.

Organic shingles have more asphalt and are sturdier than fiberglass. They are also a more affordable option in terms of roofing materials. Generally, they will fall in the same range of pricing as fiberglass shingles, but they will usually cost just a bit more. The price is an estimate and varies depending upon the contractor and general location.

Organic asphalt shingles will warp easier than fiberglass because the materials in the mat will absorb more water. While they are more durable, they are also heavier and installation is somewhat more involved. They are also not as flame retardant as their fiberglass counterparts are.

Either option of shingle has its advantages and disadvantages. Asphalt roofing shingles require a certain amount of maintenance and occasional repair. A roofing contractor can discuss the many options, styles and colors available and determine if asphalt is the right fit for the specific property.

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