Asphalt roofing shingles in Toronto

Organic or fibreglass? What type of asphalt shingles do I get?

Over 70% of new roofing installations use asphalt shingles. They are a popular and cost-saving option that come in a variety of different shades and colours. However there comes the question: do I get organic or fibreglass asphalt shingles? 

Organic shingles are the older type of asphalt shingles. They are recycled paper impregnated with asphalt. On the other hand, fibreglass shingles have a layer of fibreglass surrounded by two layers of asphalt. Less asphalt is used in fibreglass shingles, and so they are lighter in weight than their organic counterparts. They also tend to be cheaper, as well as more heat resistant.

But organic shingles bring a benefit as well. Due to their heavier weight and asphalt content, they are more sturdy and resistant to temperature changes and strong winds. They are also easier to install in colder weather. Thicker shingles and tiles are more durable and strong, but come with a higher price tag. Ultimately when deciding which tile to go for, look at the type of weather patterns and climate in your area. 

Since asphalt is petroleum based, it makes the shingles unrecyclable, unlike other steel or elastomeric membranes. However, new programs exist where these shingles may be reused in road resurfacing. For further information on this, contact your local EcoCentre or Waste disposal centre.