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What Are the Best Shingles for Resisting Wind Damage?


It doesn’t take hurricane-force winds to do damage to shingle roofs. Even winds of 30 to 40 mph are enough to cause shingles to peel or tear loose, especially if the shingles are old or not specifically designed to withstand high winds.

You can imagine how much damage a Category 4 hurricane can do to a roof with winds blowing around 130 to 150 mph.

Many of our customers are interested in purchasing wind resistant shingles in Sugar Land, TX for their roofs. We’re going to look at wind-resistant shingles and what options are the best for protecting the valuable roof of your home. 

Why We Recommend Wind-Resistant Shingles

High winds are one of the main sources for roof damage in the Richmond and Houston area, accounting for more than 25% of all damages filed by homeowners.

The right wind-resistant shingles can save you immense amounts of money in damages to your home and prevent water damage that comes after the wind has torn away shingles.

Wind-resistant shingles can help protect your roof from other damage, such as objects tossed around in storm winds like tree branches and refuse. 

Shingle Wind Resistance Classification

Shingles have classes assigned to them based on how well they resist peeling and tearing under wind forces.

This is the same as the impact classes assigned to shingles for how well they resist hail stones. There are four wind resistance classes, with Class 4 having the highest resistance. 

Best Materials for Wind Resistant Shingles

There are several shingle material types with wind resistance: standard asphalt shingles, wood shingles, and slate shingles.

We generally don’t recommend going with wood shingles because of the high amount of maintenance they require, and slate shingles are extremely heavy and expensive. You can do much better for roof protection with Class 3 or Class 4 asphalt shingles.

To give you an idea of how effective Class 4 shingles are against wind damage, they can withstand wind speeds of up to 130 mph—that gives you protection from all but the most powerful of hurricanes. 

Keep in mind that when you purchase wind-resistant shingles such as Class 4 shingles, you’re also getting superior impact resistance against hail.

Hail also accounts for a large percentage of roof damage claims, and this is why we advise customers to look into Class 4 shingles. 

We’re Reinventing the Roof-Buying Brocess!

We understand that roofing is a complicated topic and not many people think much about their roofs until they need them, such as during a storm.

You have many options for a new roof installation, and you can trust to our team to assist you with each step of the process, beginning with helping you choose the ideal type of shingles.

We’re also here to help you in case you need to file a claim for wind damage: we have extensive experience with the insurance industry to help customers like you get your claims approved.

Contact Reign Roofing today to handle all your roofing needs, from new roof installations to help with the insurance claims process. Redefining the Roof Buying Process!

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