Investing in a new roofing system means keeping your home’s structural integrity intact. With better products and materials available in the market today, you can now have a new roof with higher levels of weather performance.
Most roofing materials are rated for resistance to a wide range of elements, including fire, hail, wind and freezing temperatures. Here’s what you need to know about each one:
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There is no such thing as a fireproof home, but combining fire-resistant elements in your home and landscaping should give you, your family and the firefighters more time. Asphalt shingles and other popular roofing materials meet Class A rating standards, which provide the highest resistance to fire and are suited in areas that regularly experience wildfires.
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Most hailstones might be smaller than a golf ball, but they can inflict damage enough to leave roofs dented or even punctured. So, many residential roofing systems today are equipped with materials with Class IV impact resistance ratings. The price premium for these is at least 10% higher than those with lower ratings, but they are worth the investment.
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Home design and roof installation techniques are vital to ensuring the wind resistance of residential roofs. Roofing materials play an important role, too. Asphalt shingles, for instance, are measured to withstand wind speeds of up to 110 miles per hour and resist uplift forces up to 150 miles per hour.
Cold Temperature Resistance
Roofing in cold climates should also take into account roofing material choice and installation techniques. Asphalt shingles are installed differently during cold weather while metal panels need to follow certain specifications so the roof can hold heavy snow loads. Clay tiles, particularly those with a Grade 1 rating, are manufactured to withstand temperature fluctuations.
Tedrick’s Roofing is the local roofer for your needs. We install, repair and replace several roofing types, including asphalt, slate and metal roofs. Give us a call at (206) 824-3440, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Federal Way, WA, and the surrounding communities.