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.