If Mother Nature has left you with roof damage to repair after a wicked storm or strong winds, you're probably looking for a way to prevent having to make those same repairs anytime in the future. Here, you'll learn a little about high-wind rated shingles for your consideration.
High-Wind Shingle Rating System
Asphalt roofing is rated by the strength of the winds it can withstand. These ratings can help you find the roofing shingles that will hold up over the years in the type of climate and wind exposure that you live in.
- 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
Wind Zones by Location
You can use a Wind Zone Atlas to learn how strong the winds in your location are. Once you know how strong the winds are, you'll be able to determine what class of shingles you need for the roof. This can save you some money in two ways – you won't overpay for higher rated shingles that you don't truly need and you'll choose the shingles that will be able to withstand the wind in your area.
High Wind Shingle Installation
If the shingles aren't installed properly, they won't do the job that they were designed to do. This mean, all of the money that you've spent buying the shingles and the work that you've gone through installing them will be lost.
So, it is best that the high wind shingles be installed by a roofing professional. Just one shingle being placed wrong could cause the entire roof to begin to unravel when the winds pick up.
Some high wind shingles come with a manufacturer's warranty. They may guarantee that the shingles will withstand the abuse of the winds in which they are rated to withstand, but only if the shingles are installed by a qualified roofing contractor.
Although the initial investment of upgrading the shingles on your home may be high, think about how nice it will be to sit in your home, listen to the howling winds and know that you won't be up on the roof the next day making repairs before the next storm blows in. Your roofing contractor can help you get through these repairs and prevent the need for more repairs in the near future.