Needless to say, having the right roof is crucial in protecting your home against the elements. Roof materials are typically rated based on their resistance to hail, wind, fire and freezing. If you’re looking for a new roof, you should consider your region’s specific extreme weather events and check a roof’s resistance to such elements.
Home improvement expert State Roofing lists four qualities you should look into when purchasing a new roof.
For hail resistance, you should look at a roof’s UL 2218 classification as this sets the standard for roof impact resistance. Materials are rated from Class 1 to 4, with 4 as the strongest. A roof material with Class IV Impact Resistance is usually 10-20% more expensive. However, it can lower your insurance premiums or earn you rebates.
High winds are a common concern among homeowners. Typically, your roof can perform well in this condition as long as they are made with good building design and installation techniques. However, roof materials are essential as well. Some types of metal roofing can withstand winds of 150 miles per hour or more. Heavy clay and concrete tile roofs are also a great choice.
Cold climate roofing has specific requirements. For example, there are special considerations when installing asphalt in cold weather. For clay tiles, a grade 1 rating for ASTM 1167 means the roof can withstand freeze-thaw cycles.
Fire ratings for roofs are indicated with Class A, B and C, with Class A as having the highest resistance to fire. Although no home can be completely fireproof, a fire-rated roof can make a big difference during an emergency. Also, if you live in an area subject to wildfires, a Class A rating is highly recommended.
Since 1986, State Roofing has been providing quality services to local homeowners. From decks to roofs, we make sure to deliver superior workmanship that adds value to every home. Call us at (360) 794-7164 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Kirkland and Tacoma, WA.