There are a number of things to consider when selecting roofing shingles for your home. Of course, cost and durability are top of the list, but aesthetics and architectural style are important, too. The right roof for your home is the one that balances those four considerations.
Asphalt shingles take over an overwhelming share of the U.S. residential roofing market. These shingles can be either organic or fiberglass materials. Although shingles reinforced with organic felts have been around much longer, fiberglass-reinforced products have come to dominate the market.
The fire resistance of asphalt shingles, like most other roofing materials, is categorized by Class A, B or C. Class A is the most fire resistant, while Classes B and C have less, respectively. Generally, most fiberglass shingles have a Class A fire rating, while most organic have a Class C rating. Class A shingles reinforcement will have little effect on its appearance. Both organic and fiberglass products are available in laminated (architectural) grades that offer a textured appearance.