There are several considerations when selecting roofing shingles. Of course, cost and durability are top of the list, but aesthetics and architectural style are important, too. The right shingle roof for your project is the one that balances all of those 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 a longer history, fiberglass-reinforced products have become a more common choice.
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.