Impact Resistant Shingles give homeowners an increased level of protection from these environmental hazards.Over the past several years, Colorado has seen its fair share of unimaginable whether, everything from snowstorms, hail, fires, flooding and even tornadoes. Damage that is inflicted on roofs during hailstorms can, however, be reduced with better and more durable roofing products.
Because we experience very extreme weather changes here in Colorado the roofs of buildings can become damaged over time. More than ever it is increasingly important that you select a type of shingle that will give you the best results for the environmental factors that are prevalent in your area.
Over the years, Seven Summit roofing has seen the effects of what various types of weather conditions can do to a roof in the Pikes Peak region. That is why we recommend Impact Resistant Shingles or steel coated shingles. Interested in metal roof for your home or commercial building? Read our comprehensive Guide to Metal Roofing.
Impact resistant shingles are one of the best roofing shingles in the industry. They are designed to withstand the high winds of the area and as well as the potential damage that can occur due to the increasing factor of multiple severe hail events which can cause substantial damage to roofs when less resilient materials are used.
Impact Resistant Shingles in Colorado
While Impact Resistant Shingles may look like an asphalt shingle, they have none of the drawbacks.
After the impact of a large hail stone standard shingles can exhibit cracks or ruptures on the front or back of the shingle. Impact resistant shingles show no evidence of this nature after large scale storms. A hail stone that falls on a roof that is roofed with impact resistant, or steel-coated shingles, will in most cases bounce off and preserve the shingle’s integrity over bruise or degrade the shingle.
Hail bruises traditional shingles to a point where they will just eventually disintegrate. Advanced technologies now allow different proprietary methods to be used to create a shingle that is more durable. Granules are more securely attached to the shingle to prevent shingle breaking during impact, and improved installation methods are used to keep shingles attached to the sheathing during high winds. 7Summits roofing using high quality materials made from stone coated steel.
Our impact resistant shingles are lightweight, flexible and the panels are interlocking. The steel substrate contains upwards of 25% post-consumer recycled steel content, and is 100% recyclable at the end of life. Our durable, stone coated steel has a long life cycle – 50 plus years, and requires little maintenance.
The lightweight nature of the steel allows the product to be installed directly over the existing asphalt shingles without adding too much additional weight to the roof and its supports.
Wind and Fire Resistant
Homeowners may generally be more concerned about the potential for hail damage. But, Impact resistant or steel coated shingles will provide extra protection in high winds and are more resistant to fire damage over traditional asphalt based types of roofing materials.
The superior and advanced properties will also provide a roof that is stronger and one that is more apt to resist the potential dangers of high winds which can remove sections or areas of roofing which will necessitate costly repairs. Even larger dangers such as roof fires that can be caused by stray embers or additional heat factors related to nearby fires can be reduced due to the fire resistant qualities of the materials, which include steel, that are used.
Economic Implications and Long Term Costs
While most home owners will always want to use those products that will preserve their roof and protect it from local environmental factors along with allowing it to see the best longevity, the question that is most prevalent is: “How much more will it cost over traditional roofing materials?” If you are in a high risk hail and high wind region such as Colorado Springs and the surrounding Pikes Peak area then the use of a impact resistant shingles will almost uncertainly equate to cost savings for your insurance company. But, what about for you? The difference in cost between replacing standard shingles over impact-resistant products for a home owner can be less than the costs of entirely replacing the roofing due to severe hail or wind damage. Many insurance carriers will offer up to a 25% discount, depending on your policy terms, on premiums for installing impact resistant shingles. This long term savings can help negate the overall cost difference of installing impact resistant shingles over asphalt and fiberglass shingle types. Overall, the price difference is minimal in the long run. Over the course of a few seasons this type of material will additionally save you the worry of severe roof damage and those related insurance premium rate increases. You will have the benefit of not only better protection, but also lower insurance rates. Give yourself a greater peace of mind knowing that your roof is protected by one of the best roofing products available.
Longevity and Quality Standards
Impact resistant shingles offer homeowners the longest up-front protection available in roofing. Stone coated steel has the benefit of being able to last for 50 years or more. This type of roofing material also meets the most stringent standards for impact resistance (Class 4) set by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and wind resistance set by UL and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International).
The quality and resiliency factors allow for impacts and high wind resistance without the interior components of your roof being exposed to the elements, ensuring the continued stability and integrity for both the structure and the occupants of the home.
7 Summits Roofing installs several major brands of impact resistant shingles – one of the most popular is GAF Timberline ArmorShieldII.
Appearance and Styles
Although this type of roofing material is somewhat new, the industry has already moved forward with making many styles and colors of this steel coated shingle available. Not only will you have a roof that is sound against the sometimes violent weather but it will also be attractive and can meet the standards for eye appeal that some HOA’s may require. Generally you will have a number of colors to choose from as well as styles that have deep shadow lines which can portray the look of real wood shakes and other popular looks. More traditional styles are available as well to meet the aesthetic qualities that some homeowners may demand. If you take into account the cost of using Impact Resistant Shingles over a standard replacement you will find that in the long run the savings can be greater than the initial cost. Once you factor in your potential insurance policy discounts and overall longevity you will find that impact resistant roofing materials will be the best choice for repair and replacement savings. You will find peace in knowing that not only is your roof sound at a superior level but it is also attractive and backed by a long term warranty.
Benefits of Impact Resistant Roofing Shingles
- Triple Fiber glass backing
- Superior Adhesion
- Exceptional Wind Resistance
- Lightweight but tough
- Cool roof rating considered a “green” roof
- Fire resistant
- 100% recyclable
- Many Colors and styles available
- 50 year warranty
With all the extreme whether that can impact your home, why not select a shingle that can withstand any storm? Impact resistant shingles can give you the added protection to your home and it might possibly be the last roof you will ever need to replace.