Fiberglass shingles are comparatively new in the roofing industry. Fiberglass shingles are basically a type of asphalt shingle made out of fiberglass mats that prove to be a reasonable alternative to melt mats that have been commonly used.
Fiberglass shingles are very light in weight and are available widely with strong tear and fire resistance. They come in a variety of designs and colors and are a viable option both for manufacturers and house owners. As far as a manufacturer is concerned, in manufacturing fiberglass shingles, he can use less asphalt compared to organic asphalt shingle. As for the installer, fiberglass shingles can be very easily installed without much professional advice.
Manufacturers provide attractive warranties against hailstorms, snow, ice, and foot traffic. Records suggest that fiberglass shingles are a good financial choice for the average American house owner.
However, in spite of such warranties, the installer should be aware of a few typical problems that may arise in case of a fiberglass shingle. Thermal splitting is a very common problem that most users have to deal with. If the manufacturer reduces the asphalt quantity in a shingle to an alarming amount, it may result in the shingle becoming too brittle. Nailing and placement instructions should be carefully followed by the installer to increase the durability of the shingles.
Other than these minor hazards, it may be said that fiberglass shingles have become very popular and more and more homeowners are happily opting for this particular roofing alternative.