Impact Resistant Roofing Shingles and Material is a relatively new option for residential and commercial building applications. Apex Restoration and Roofing believes Impact Resistant roofing shingles can be a great option for many homeowners. Denver Colorado receives its fair share of damaging hail storms, so this is an option worth consideration.
Between 1991 and 1995, wind and hail caused an average of $8 billion in insurance payouts each year. Wind and hail damage to roofs comprises a significant portion of this cost. Hail damage to asphalt shingles may include severe granule loss, material loss at shingle edges, and penetration.
New Impact Resistant shingle products are designed to resist damage from impact and high winds. They meet the most stringent standards for impact resistance (Class 4) set by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and wind resistance set by UL and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International).
Several manufacturers offer asphalt shingles designed to resist the effects of severe weather such as wind and impact from flying debris or hail. Different proprietary methods are used to keep granules attached to the shingle, to prevent shingle breaking during impact, and to keep shingles attached to the sheathing during high winds.
UL 2218 classifies the resistance of roofing products to impact damage. In the test, steel balls are directed at roof samples, and damage is observed. Products that receive a Class 4 rating from UL 2218 are the most resistive to hail damage. Some major insurance companies are offering homeowner premium discounts for the use of roofing products that receive a Class 4 rating. Consult with your Apex Restoration and Roofing roofing expert for details on these discounts.
Composition Shingles (Asphalt Shingles) are the most common shingle you will see on homes across the Denver Colorado area, and in fact, across the USA. Up to 80% of all homes in the United States have composition shingle roofs.
“3 Tab Shingle”
You’ll hear asphalt and composition shingles referred to as “three-tab”, because they come in a strip with notches that create what appears to be three separate shingles.
Premium Composition/Asphalt Shingle products are called “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles. These thicker, often laminated shingles cast shadow lines like a thick wood shake. As you can see in the picture above, the result is a rich, textured appearance rather than the traditional flat surface of standard three-tab shingles.
All asphalt shingles are coated with a layer of mineral granules that protect the shingle from sunlight, add color and, in some cases, help resist algae and fungus growth. Manufacturers can discourage unwanted plant life by adding copper or zinc to the granule mix.
We Offer a Wide Selection of Designs and Colors
Apex Restoration and Roofing works with the top manufacturers to give you the greatest selection of Composition Shingles. The choices can be mind boggling but we can help you quickly sort through your options based on your budget, architecture, color and preferences. Give us a call today to set a free consultation and estimate.