Types of Asphalt Shingles and Their Cost

Asphalt Shingles

There Are Two Types of Asphalt Shingles

Everything you need to know about asphalt shingles before you install your next roof.

Organic Asphalt Shingles

Organic Asphalt ShinglesThese are the most common shingles, but are quickly becoming a thing of the past. They are designed on a paper back, covered in asphalt then topped with ceramic granules. Organic shingles are more resilient than fiberglass shingles but they not exactly the “green” choice as they are soaked in oil; which is also bad if fire is introduced into the equation.

One thing to note: Asphalt shingles tend to absorb more water, which means they can warp and begin to curl. So if you live in an area that sees a fair amount of rain or moisture, you may want to consider fiberglass shingles.

Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles​Fiberglass is the future of asphalt shingles.They are quickly becoming the choice alternative to traditional (organic) shingles. Their lightweight design makes them easier to haul around and their three-tab design makes them easier to install. As a result, they are less expensive than organic shingles to install.

​One thing to note: if you’re reading this and don’t live in Phoenix, Arizona: fiberglass shingles don’t do well in the cold. However, they do well against the heat.

Similarities Between Organic and Fiberglass

​Both are held together on your roof with a waterproof tar subsistence. They are also very similar in feel, flexibility and application. You can expect to get warranties starting at 25 years ranging all the way up to lifetime warranties. However, in Arizona, they will fade long before 25 years and they are poor at standing up to elements like wind and ice. All in all, fiberglass shingles are the choice shingle for Phoenix homeowners.


Cost of Organic Shingles

$50 — $130 per square for the singles
$100 — $150 per square for installation
$100 — $140 per square for removal of the current shingles

While asphalt shingles are a tad more expensive than fiberglass shingles, there in the same ballpark.

A roofing square is the measurement we use in the roofing industry, it covers 100 square feet.

The price range for roofing installation and labor is so varied as all roofs are not created equal and require more work than others.

Cost of Fiberglass Shingles

$50 — $200 per square for the shingles
$70 — $180 per square for installation
$100 — $140 per square for removal of the current shingles

With fiberglass it’s best to pay a little more $50 per square for the shingles. These low end shingles will fail to stand the test of time. You’re better off spending around $70 — $85 per square on fiberglass shingles.

As mentioned with the cost for organic shingles, not all roofs are created the same, so pricing for installation varies for each home, but expect to pay less for installation than you would on organic shingles.

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