In this study, the effects of matrix material on mechanical properties were investigated in glass fiber reinforced high-density and low-density polyethylene composites. Also, in order to compare the fiber configuration effect on anisotropic behavior, unidirectional and biaxial glass fabrics were used as reinforcement material. Composite laminates were manufactured via the compression molding technique. Tensile and three-point bending flexural tests were conducted up to failure on specimens cut out in different directions. Extensive fracture photomicrographs were presented for observing the failure modes (e.g. delamination) of the composites resulting from a variety of loading conditions. In addition, Scanning electron micrographs of postfractured surfaces of composites were interpreted in an attempt to explain the failure mechanisms (adhesive or cohesive failure) of the composites.