Basic Repairs for Moms

High-Wind Shingles – Get More Years Out Of Your Roofing In High-Wind Areas

Has your roofing gone bad before it should have? Do you spend money each year making repairs to the shingles on your roof? If so, the problem with your shingles could be that they were not designed to withstand the winds that your home is exposed to. If you live in a high-wind area, it is time to consider installing new asphalt shingles with high-wind ratings:

How does the shingle rating system work?

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association works to test and rate the shingles that manufacturers produce. After testing the shingles in a wind tunnel, the ARMA classifies the shingles using a wind rating system. For high-wind shingles, the ratings are as follows:

  • Class H is made to withstand winds up to 150 miles per hour
  • Class G is made to withstand winds up to 120 miles per hour
  • Class D is made to withstand winds up to 90 miles per hour

Are high-wind shingles installed different than average shingles?

High-wind shingles are installed in pretty much the same manner as average shingles. The only exception being, they are installed with extra attention given to the details.

High-wind shingles will only do their job if they are installed the way they are meant to be. Because of this, it is important that homeowners avoid attempting to install their own high-wind shingles. This is a job that is best left to the professionals. One small mistake could cost you a lot of money in repairs because the shingles can tear off and not withstand the abuse they are designed to.

Although average shingles can be used to re-roof or overlay existing shingles, it is not recommended to re-roof homes in high-wind areas even with high-wind shingles. Attempting to cover your old shingles with new high-wind shingles will render them incapable of withstanding the high-winds you need them to.

Note: If you want to re-roof your home to save money on installation costs, you can save that extra money by gathering a group of friends, renting a construction dumpster and ripping the old roofing off of your house. This way, you do not have to pay the roofing contractor's rates for removal of the old roofing. Just be sure the weather forecast does not show inclement weather for the days between you ripping off the roof and the contractor's date of installation.

High-wind shingles may cost you a bit more during installation, but they will outlast the average shingles that you could have installed to save money when the roof was done. Talk with your local roofing contractor to get pricing information and learn more about high-wind shingles for your home. To learn more, contact a company like Homestead Roofing Co. with any questions you have.

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Basic Repairs for Moms

Hi, my name is Annie Sullivan. I'm a stay-at-home mom with four kids between the ages of 1 and 7. Two of them are twins: they're 3. Let me tell you--you learn a lot as a mom that you would never expect! Not only am I chef, chauffeur, teacher, and caretaker, but I also have become an amateur repair man, plumber, and construction worker. I do more heavy lifting and repair work than I ever imagined. Do you know how many Barbies can fit down a toilet drain? It's quite surprising. Do you know how to get them out? I do. I've learned a lot of this just through trial and error--and the internet. I also had my husband teach me some tricks, since I usually can't wait until he gets home to solve the problem. Hopefully you other moms out there can learn something from this site!