When it comes to your home, it is important to understand what shingles are protecting your home. With so many choices of shingles, it can be difficult to understand the difference between the classes of roofing, however, we will help you understand how Class 4 Roofing Shingles can be the best option for your home.
What Does Class 4 Roofing Shingles Mean?
Shingles go under standardized testing known as the Underwriters Laboratory 2218 (UL 2218) or nicknamed the steel ball test. This testing includes a steel ball dropped from specific heights onto roofing shingles multiple times, which are later inspected for damage. After the test is performed, the damage is examined then shingles are classified as Class 1-4 Shingles based on the damage they are able to withstand.
Ranked by the damage the roofing shingles were able to withstand Classification of Class 4 indicates, the shingles were able to withstand a 2-inch steel ball dropped multiple times from a 20-foot height, the toughest test. Other classes include Class 3, which is able to withstand a smaller steel ball dropped from a lower height, and likewise for Class 2 Roofing Shingles.
What Does This Mean to Me as a Homeowner?
In a 2020 study completed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Texas ranked number one in the Top 5 States by Number of Major Hail Events. With 601 hail events and more than $474.6 million paid out by State Farm alone for hail damage (Insurance Information Institute, 2020), Class 4 roofing can help prepare Texas Panhandle residents for the worst of weather and could help prevent the need for frequent roof repairs, racking up quickly.
If your roof becomes damaged, Class 4 roofing shingles also carry a 40-50 year warranty, allowing homeowners to rest assured their roof is taken care of properly.
What are the Benefits?
With rigorous testing and research, Class 4 roofing shingles are proven to be the most impact-resistant shingles offered in the roofing industry. This allows roofs with Class 4 roofing shingles to be safe from impact storms such as frequent hail and wind storms.
While they are not necessarily more wind resistant, these shingles are often grouped together because high winds can cause debris to become airborne and potentially damage roofs.
Other benefits include:
1. Expanding the Lifespan of your Roof
Due to their high impact resistance, your home is protected by the highest quality materials on the market! Hail and windstorms are a couple of reasons we see damage in the Texas Panhandle, however, with Class 4 roofing shingles, homes are able to withstand greater levels of impact.
2. Reduce Roofing Repairs
With a high level of impact resistance, homeowners can save money by reducing the need for frequent repairs. It is still important to inspect your roof at least once a year to ensure no damage has arisen to avoid costly repairs.
3. Saving Money on Homeowner’s Insurance & Premiums
When is the last time you to spoke to your home’s insurance representative? Did you know you could be saving money on your homeowner’s insurance for having Class 4 roofing shingles! With high risks of storms damaging your home, some insurance agencies prevent you from paying higher premiums and deductibles for having these types of shingles.
With many benefits such as protecting your home and saving money while doing so, Class 4 roofing shingles are a great shingle to consider when redoing your home’s roofing or repairs.
Investing in Class 4 Roofing may cause worry for homeowners, however, our team is here to help! We can answer Roof Replacement FAQs.
For more information please call our office at 806-454-9277 to speak with a member of our team or visit https://bit.ly/3oAMdRG to schedule an appointment for your FREE Amarillo roofing inspection and estimate.