What are the best roof shingles for wind durability?

Michigan gets all the weather – from freezing winters to sunny summers – and everything in between.  That means your roof must be able to withstand all types of weather, including the wind and the storms that come with it.

Even in the middle of summer, strong winds can cause roof damage when a big storm rolls through your neighborhood.  Whether you have an asphalt roof that doesn’t require replacing yet or are looking to upgrade to a more durable roofing material, you should know the basics.  The experts at Herbert Roofing are here to help you out; check out these must-know facts about impact resistant and high-performing shingles:

Asphalt Shingle Wind Damage

Not all shingles are created equal for wind durability.  If you currently have an asphalt shingle roof that doesn’t meet typical wind-resistance ratings, chances are your roof is suffering from wind damage.  Some wind damage signs are more obvious than others, but in any cases, check for the following when you experience a storm in your area:

  • Puncture and/or hole from fallen objects, such as tree branches
  • Exposed roofing areas where shingles have been blown or torn off
  • Missing areas of roofing flashing – the thin material that directs water away from the roof
  • Missing areas of hip & ridge shingles – the “final touch” of roofing jobs that brings slopes together for a weather-tight roof

Shingles Designed for Wind Durability 

If you’re wondering how to objectively pick your next shingle material that can withstand the wind, you’re in luck!  All shingles are tested for wind resistance and durability based on standardized classifications published by the ASTM International.  Look for – or ask your local roofing specialist – about standard testing methods for wind resistance of steep slope roofing products and wind resistance of sealed asphalts shingles to ensure the material you go with has quality durability standards.  Consider choosing shingles that are organic- or fiberglass-reinforced or SBS modified bitumen.

Don’t forget to ask about the warranted wind coverage!  As a majority of shingle have high wind resistance ratings, warranties differ by product, so check the manufacture’s product information and warranty details to make sure you are covered in case of any malfunctions.

Shingles Built for Wind Durability

Along with the actual shingle wind resistance rating, technique also plays a major factor in your roof’s wind durability.  For example, interlocking shingles can withstand high winds better than regular shingles because of the overlay.  We recommend looking to FEMA for guidance on shingle installation procedures for enhanced wind resistance.

To learn more about our roofing materials designed for high-wind resistance, including our Timberline® ArmourShield™ II shingles, connect with one of our roofing specialists today.  We are experts at navigating all weather types in Michigan and cannot wait to help you with your next roofing project that provides you increased protection against all weather.

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