Roofing 101: Asphalt Shingles

There are several upsides to choosing asphalt shingles for a new roof. Easy to source, simple to install, and less expensive than wood, tile, or slate, asphalt shingles are arguably the roofing market’s most popular material.


Here are some insights into these versatile, stylish, budget-friendly shingles, courtesy of U.S. Exterior by Seidel.


Created in the 1980s, fiberglass shingles offer numerous benefits for homeowners. The term “fiberglass” is used because these shingles are composed of a woven fiberglass base. This base is covered in a waterproof asphalt coating, followed by ceramic flakes that reflect potentially damaging UV rays. Since the fiberglass mat possesses considerable durability on its own, less asphalt is required as a strengthening agent – leading to a shingle that is thin and lightweight, yet sturdy.  Fiberglass shingles also offer high fire resistance and thus a longer warranty, adding to their popularity in roofing projects.

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