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Types Of Shingles

When people hear about roofing shingles, they often think about asphalt shingles. While asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing materials used on homes across the nation, there are several other types of shingles that may be better options for certain homes or buildings. A knowledgeable Toms River roofing contractor can always assist when making a decision about different roofing materials.

Asphalt shingles are composed of asphalt. Because they are one of the most affordable types of shingles available, it is common to find asphalt shingles on many homes and small buildings. They are also often chosen due to their quick installation and lifespan, which is estimated to be between 12 and 20 years. Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of textures, colors and quality, meaning homeowners will always find a style that will work for their home. Some of the different asphalt shingle types include fiberglass shingles and organic shingles.

Wood shingles and shakes have been used on homes throughout the world for many centuries. Modern wood roofing is often made from sustainable wood such as cedar.

Although wood roofing products generally cost more than asphalt shingles, they are more durable in certain weather conditions and are not likely to split or crack. The drawbacks are they require more maintenance than the average shingle roof and are less resistant to fire.

Although slate shingles are not as affordable as asphalt or wood shingles, this roofing option gives the home a unique appearance. Made from thin sheets of natural stone, slate works well in geographical areas that experience regular snowfall and freezing temperatures. Slate should be installed by a professional roofer who has experience with this material. It should also be noted that slate roof repairs can be on the more expensive side should some of the shingles crack or break.

Finally, solar shingles look like traditional asphalt shingles so they blend well. However, they can generate energy for homeowners. They are designed to be able to withstand extreme weather while not standing out. These shingles can be used to help provide electricity to the household, saving the homeowner some money on their energy bills.

Because there are so many different types of shingles available, homeowners have options when it is time to have a new roof installed. With the help of a trusted roofer, a homeowner should be able to find the right type of shingles that fit the look and style of their home. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ can answer your questions about gutters or skylights.

Common roofing term explained by Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ:

Fiberglass shingles

Fiberglass shingles are made with a fiberglass mat. This mat is then coated with a special asphalt that has been mixed with mineral particles that give the shingle increased durability. This gives the shingle a longer lifespan.

Question answered by Toms River roofing company Fortified Roofing:

What is the difference between a fiberglass shingles and organic shingles?

Fiberglass shingles are made using manmade materials such as glass and formaldehyde. Organic shingles, on the other hand, were made with organic materials that include recycled paper, cardboard and even wood chips. These materials made up the backing that gave the shingle its shape. Organic shingles were discontinued in the mid 2000s.

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