A fiberglass roofing shingle is a type of asphalt shingle made from fiberglass mats, and it is considered to be of a higher quality and durability than standard asphalt roofing materials. Fiberglass roofing shingles are also more affordable than other types of asphalt shingles.
One of the biggest advantages of using fiberglass roofing shingles is their resiliency, making them ideal for areas that receive strong winds and cold temperatures. The shingles are also known for their fire resistance, as long as the particular brand has a fire code rating of A.
Fiberglass shingles are also popular because they are available in a variety of designs and textures. In addition to having a home with a more unique appearance, homeowners may choose fiberglass shingles because they look similar to more expensive materials, such as cedar and slate. Fiberglass is usually about 25 percent less expensive than other asphalt products, as of 2015.
For all of their advantages, fiberglass shingles do have some drawbacks. They are prone to breaking and becoming brittle if they aren't installed correctly. The chances of thermal splitting occurring can be lowered by properly nailing shingles in place. Hiring a professional roof installer lessens the likelihood of having to replace the shingles in the future.