Asphalt Shingles: Cost Effective and Dynamic

by Dave Logan


Want to know two beautiful things about asphalt shingles? They’re cost effective and dynamic. It’s no wonder why asphalt shingles make up better than 85% of the total roofing market. At the end of the day, they're inexpensive to buy and install. Furthermore, asphalt shingles are great for just about any type of roof and any type of pitch. You can get an almost endless range of quality and styles, and they are easy to cut and shape to any flashing product or accessory. Ultimately, you pretty much can’t go wrong with today’s asphalt shingle.

Fiberglass Dominates There are essentially two kinds of asphalt shingles available today: Fiberglass and organic. Yes, both are made with asphalt, but the fiberglass product utilizes a fiberglass reinforcing mat; while the organic flavor uses a reinforcing mat originated from wood. Fiberglass shingles are typically easier to work with because they are thinner, lighter, and easier to carry around. They also come correct with better fire retardancy. Organic asphalt shingles used to be much more ubiquitous, but today fiberglass nearly monopolizes the roofing marketplace.

Installation Is Key No matter which product you choose – organic or fiberglass – its overall effectiveness on your home is based on the quality of the installation. There are many factors that go into quality installation of a roofing product so do your homework. You should be actively involved in the entire process, from selecting your professional roofing contractor to installation. A few things to consider:

  • Is your contractor qualified to install your roofing product?
  • Ask for references, certifications, and examples of their work. How long has the contractor been in business? Got insurance?
  • If you have unique requirements (ventilation or other), how will he/she handle it? How long will it take to complete the job?
  • Make sure your contractor is willing to commit to a deadline; you don’t want them banging away on your roof for an eternity! 😉

At, you wil find only the best Denver and Boulder roofing contractors, so be sure to give one in your area a call to help you make the right choice for your home.

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