What are impact resistant shingles
When you have storms move through, your roof can be particularly vulnerable to damage, especially if there is hail involved. Repairs to a hail damaged roof can cost anywhere between $400 to $700 per section or as much as $20,000 to replace the roof. If you live in an area where hailstorms occur regularly, you may want to consider installing impact resistant shingles. These are roofing shingles specifically designed to prevent your roof from being damaged by hail and the impact of other debris, as well as providing a defense against high winds.
These shingles get a Class 4 impact rating, the highest rating for impact resistance. They are tested over and over by dropping from varying heights steel balls on them to imitate the impact of hail. Along with their impact rating, these shingles are designed to hold up against wind speeds up to 110 mph.
If you want to lower your chances of roof damage caused by hail or high winds you may want to consider installing these type of shingles. When you’re ready to install impact resistant shingles in Montgomery, AL, count on the professionals at Innovative Construction Pros. You can find out more about these shingles or our other services by calling (334) 274-8485.
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How do I know if my shingles are impact resistant?
If you’ve just recently moved into a home, you may want to find out if your roofing shingles are impact resistant. It’s not easy to determine if you have impact resistant shingles with a simple visual inspection, because they look like standard shingles on the surface, although the impact rating may be marked on cellophane under the shingle. If the shingles have an impact rating of 4, then they are impact resistant. It may take a hailstorm to really find out if you have impact resistant shingles. When hit by hail, normal shingles will lose granules, and show signs like dents. You won’t see missing granules or dents with impact resistant shingles.
What are the different grades of shingles?
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used in residential roofing. Roofers often give them different grades simply referred to as “good,” “better,” or “best.” Shingles are also classified by their impact rating of 1 through 4. Class 1 shingles are the most prone to damage from hail, while Class 4 shingles are the most resistant available.
Basic 3-tab shingles are fall on the lowest tier of shingles. They are flat and usually thin. Architectural or dimensional shingles can be of varying thicknesses and varying degrees of impact resistance. They are usually graded “better” or “best.”
What are the longest lasting roof shingles?
Each type of roofing shingle will have a different lifespan. While most asphalt shingle roofs will last anywhere between 15 to 25 years, many newer shingles can last much longer and you’ll see manufacturers offering 50-year or lifetime warranties on their products. This leads to the question: Is there such a thing as 50 year shingles? Under ideal conditions, some of the newer materials can last up to 50 years. These shingles are much more resistant to wind and wear and tear. “How long do impact resistant shingles last?” You may ask. Impact resistant shingles may fall under the heading of 50-year shingles. At the very least, these shingles can last as long as 30 years. No matter what kind of shingles you have, they will last longer if you take care of them and provide proper maintenance.
Are impact resistant shingles worth the cost?
One of the drawbacks of impact resistant shingles is their higher initial cost than standard shingles. Outside of this, those who install these types of shingles find they are worth what they spend on them, especially in areas in which hail or high winds are common. They are generally lower maintenance than other roofing shingles, and tend to last longer, usually by 10 to 15 years. In some cases, insurers offer discounts for homeowners with these types of roofs.
Impact resistant shingles vs regular
When it comes to choosing between impact resistant shingles and regular shingles, you’ll have to weigh between the advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of impact resistant shingles
- Greater protection from hail damage and severe weather. These shingles are designed specifically for this weather.
- Requires fewer repairs.
- Some insurance companies offer discounts for these shingles.
- Available in a variety of styles, colors and designs.
Disadvantages of impact resistant shingles
- Initial installation costs are 10% to 20% higher than regular shingles.
- Some roofing contractors don’t have the trained personnel to install the shingles and can’t offer extended warranties.
- Only functional damage is covered by insurance. Cosmetic damage won’t be covered without additional riders.
If you plan to install impact resistant shingles in Montgomery, AL, the team to trust is Innovative Construction Pros. We offer a full range of roofing solutions. Schedule our services by calling (334) 274-8485.