Fiberglass roofing is an alternative type of roofing material that is made out a blend of synthetic materials and glass fibers, and installed either in large panels or individual shingles. Because of its unique material makeup, fiberglass roofing carries a distinctive set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding what fiberglass roofing has to offer your home can help you decide whether or not it is the right fit for your home.
Advantages of Fiberglass Roofing
Durability: Fiberglass is an extremely durable material that can withstand all the stresses that may be thrown at your roof. This makes it ideal for homes that suffer from severe weather in the winter or summer months. Fiberglass' high durability also translates in a severely reduced risk of cracks or damage developing in the roof, which makes leaks and interior water damage very unlikely. Fiberglass is also immune to rot and rust, and is resistant to fire as well, which makes it a very safe and durable roofing material.
Lightweight: When compared to other types of roofing materials, like metal or asphalt, fiberglass roofing is much lighter. This translates into a quicker and easier installation process, which can save you both time and money. Additionally, this makes it much easier to replace damaged panels, if necessary.
Customization: Fiberglass can be made into a wide variety of colors and shades during the fabrication process, and as such allows you to match the look of your roof to the aesthetic of the rest of the house very easily. Additionally, unique patterns can be designed through the use of different colored fiberglass shingles, giving you the ability to create a truly unique roof that will make your house stand out.
Disadvantages of Fiberglass Roofing
Repairs: While fiberglass roofing panels are extremely durable, if they do become cracked they are expensive to repair. Often, depending on the size and severity of the damage, it is less expensive to just replace the damaged panel in question instead of repairing it, which is a much larger hassle.
Heat Resistance: Fiberglass roofing is not ideal for installation in extremely hot climates, as it can be subjected to thermal splitting after prolonged excessive heat exposure. Thermal splitting is the drying out of the fiberglass, so that it becomes extremely brittle. It can even begin to crack or "split" over time, which will require the replacement of the damaged material immediately to maintain the seal on your roof. Talk to a contractor, like Surface Shield Protective Coatings, for more help.