Holes, leaks, and other damage caused by storms and other acts of nature are some of the most common causes of expensive roof repair.
Striking a balance between aesthetics and durability is a common focus when choosing roofing materials for a home or building. Impact resistant shingles can hit both of these priorities, protecting the building and maintaining great curb appeal at the same time.
What Are Impact Resistant Shingles?
Impact resistant shingles are designed to be able to withstand high-velocity impact of heavy objects. This means that if they are struck by hail, a falling tree limb in a storm, or another object, they are better able to withstand the impact without breaking.
Not only are they great for one-time heavy impact as you might see with flying objects hitting the roof in a storm, but they also hold up well to consistent impact over time, which occurs with regular exposure to hail, snow/ ice, and other extreme weather conditions.
How to Identify Impact Resistant Shingles
Unfortunately, it is difficult to see visually whether shingles are impact resistant or not. This is a benefit when you want the roof to blend in and look like any other shingled roof, but it’s not as great when you want to determine if the roofing material you already have is impact resistant.
However, shingles are classified with ratings of Class 1 through Class 4. Class 4 shingles have the highest impact resistance. You can often see the impact rating noted on the underside of the shingle, so if you have a loose one or a few extra laying around, you may be able to tell that way.
How Much Do Impact Resistant Shingles Cost?
Impact resistant shingles are usually twice as expensive as other asphalt shingles. Many balk at the high initial upfront cost, but because the shingles are able to withstand impact and hold up to weather, investors get that money back over time when the roof requires fewer repairs and lasts longer before needing to be replaced.
Are Impact Resistant Roofing Shingles Worth the Cost?
Depending on where you live, the weather you see regularly and intermittently, and whether or not you have large trees nearby or other objects that could drop or fall on your roof, impact resistant roofing shingles may be a no-brainer.
In most cases, wherever asphalt shingles are the ideal aesthetic option, it is almost always recommended to go with the highest impact resistance rating possible in order to protect against damage for the long term.
If you would like to learn more about investing in impact resistant roofing shingles or schedule an installation or repair, contact Four Seasons Roofing today to set up your free initial consultation.