what you need to know about replacing your roof

what you need to know about replacing your roof

High-Wind Rated Shingles – Are They Right For Your Home?

by Vanessa Lord

Is the roof on your home in need of replacement? Were you expecting to get more years of use out of the roofing before replacing it? If the roofing on your home needs replace prematurely and you live in a high-wind area, you should give special consideration to high-wind rated shingles for your home.

What are high-wind rated shingles?

This particular type of asphalt shingle is designed to withstand the forces that come with high-winds and impact damage, such as hail and flying debris. There are different classifications used to identify shingles for different levels of wind and impact exposure.

  • Class H is designed to withstand wind speeds up to 150 mph.
  • Class G is designed to withstand wind speeds up to 120 mph.
  • Class D is designed to withstand wind speeds up to 90 mph.

What are the benefits of installing high-wind rated shingles?

Other than the obvious benefit of better protection during extreme weather incidents, you could also qualify for a discount on your homeowner insurance premiums. This discount is offered to homeowners that go the extra mile and invest in the shingles that have a better chance of withstanding the abuse of the natural elements that cost insurance companies a lot of money each year.

Can you install high-wind rated shingles yourself?

High-wind rated shingles oftentimes come with a great warranty. If the product fails, the warranty will cover the replacement of it. However, many times, this warranty requires the installation be performed by an experienced and licensed roofing contractor. This is because the smallest mistake during the installation process could cause the entire surface to fail during extreme weather.

Note: If you are adamant about installing the roofing yourself, dedicate your time to learning the proper methods of installing high-wind rated roofing and find a product that does not require you to have it professionally installed to maintain the warranty protection.

Can you re-roof with high-wind rated shingles?

Yes, it is possible, but it is not recommended. Choosing to re-roof over existing shingles could cause even the best shingles to fail during a high-wind or hail storm. It is best to spend the extra money and have the old roofing removed before installing the high-wind rated shingles.

Note: Re-roofing with high-wind rated shingles could void the product warranty.

Talk with your roofing professional, like those at Lucas Roofing & Sheet Metal, to learn more about choosing high-wind rated shingles for your home and you may breathe a little easier during the next severe weather system blowing through your town.


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