When we were children, the crack of thunder and howling winds sent shivers of fear up our spines. As we get older, we learn not to be afraid of wild weather. That is until we become homeowners.
Owning your own property comes with a lot of responsibilities. One of those responsibilities includes making sure that your home is in tip-top shape after severe weather passes through town. If you are running into reoccurring roof problems, though, it can feel hugely discouraging.
We have a secret for you: the weather isn’t the problem. Your shingles are! Standard asphalt shingles aren’t always up to the task of protecting your home from frequent, severe weather. The answer? Upgrading to impact resistant shingles!
With impact resistant shingles, you can:
Interested? Keep reading as we break down what exactly constitutes an impact resistant shingle and why it might be right for your home.
Most homes in the USA have asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are affordable and easy to repair but aren’t the most durable material on the market. However, alternative roofing materials can be significantly more expensive and do not fit everyone’s budget. Plus, premium roofing materials such as metal or clay can look out of place in the average neighborhood. So, what’s a humble homeowner to do?
Enter: impact resistant shingles. Impact resistant shingles – also known as architectural shingles – have a similar composition to standard asphalt shingles and look identical. The difference? They can handle much wilder weather.
Impact resistant shingles are designed to be more flexible than their standard counterparts. This allows them to better stand up to impact from hail, debris, and falling tree limbs. This means you can spend less time repairing your roof and more time living your life!
Shingles in the USA are ranked in a four-class system to determine their impact resistance. The rankings work as follows:
Impact resistant roof shingles include any shingles that receive a Class 4 Impact Resistant rating.
So, what exactly are the pros and cons of impact resistant shingles?
We know the big question on your mind. How much do they cost?
You can expect to pay roughly 10-25% more for class 4 impact resistant shingles than you would for traditional shingles. On an average 1600-square-foot home, you can expect to pay between $5,000-$15,000.
So, are impact resistant shingles right for you and your home?
The truth is that not every home will require shingles that powerful. In general, we would recommend class 4 impact resistant shingles for homes that experience a lot of extreme weather. This could include:
How do you know when it is time for a roof replacement? Here are some signs that your shingles are on their last legs.
Have you been finding a gritty black substance in your gutters and on your driveway? Those are granules from your shingles! Granule loss is a natural part of the lifespan of shingles but can be sped up when your roof is exposed to extreme winds and hail.
If you are seeing an excessive granule loss, it may be time to think about replacing your roofing shingles.
High winds can blow shingles right off your roof. Noticing missing shingles or finding them in your yard? You’ll want to replace them ASAP to avoid dealing with water intrusion in your home. If you’re frequently dealing with blown-off shingles, though, it could be a sign that your roof is on its way out.
One of the most common types of hail damage to shingles includes the formation of cracks and divots. While these may not look like a particularly big deal, they can allow water to seep through to the underlayers of your roof, which can mean more expensive repairs and replacements down the road. Investing in hail-resistant shingles can help save you money and worry.
Dealing with persistent roof leaks? There’s a good sign you’re dealing with a roofing problem that needs immediate attention.
Moss thrives in a moist environment. If it is growing on your roof, it likely means that you are dealing with a moisture-damaged roof.
Are impact resistant shingles worth it for your home? The best way to determine whether they are the right choice for you is to consult with a professional roofing contractor. At Dreamworx Roofing, we can help assess your roof and come up with an action plan that will keep your home safe all year long. Contact us today to set up your roofing appointment!
“Living comfortably at home means living in a safe, cozy house that protects you from outside elements.” -Dreamworx Co-Owner, Charlie Anderson