Your roof is your home’s primary defense against severe weather. That’s why roofing materials are rated for resistance to wind, freezing and hail. Understanding these ratings will help you choose the best roof for your needs. In today’s post, Valley Vista Construction, Inc., the top roofing contractor in our local area, will explain what these ratings mean.
High winds are a common concern for many people. You will often find roofing materials rated by how much they can withstand strong winds. For example, the roofing manufacturer may state that their product can withstand winds of up to 150 miles per hour. However, always remember that building design and good installation techniques play a big part in determining whether or not a roof will stay on during a storm.
Roofing materials are also rated according to its freezing resistance. For example, metal roofing systems require special considerations for high snow loads. Many clay and concrete tiles are also not designed to perform under freezing conditions. Fortunately, asphalt shingles can protect your home all year round. As the top choice for roof replacement and roof repair service in our area, we strongly recommend checking your roofing product’s ratings before ordering.
Hailstorms are practically unheard of in some parts of the country, but still it’s better to be prepared. Even a tiny piece of hail can cause damage to a roof. The UL 2218 classification sets a national standard for roof impact resistance and roofing materials are rated from Class 1 through 4. If you believe that hail will be an issue where you live, then consider investing in a roof with Class IV impact resistance.
Valley Vista Construction, Inc. is the roofing and gutter contractor you can trust with all of your roofing projects. We are a local, family-owned and -operated business that specializes in roof repairs and replacement. We are also one of the very few GAF Master Elite® contractors in the country. Our company serves many areas including Knoxville, TN. Call us at (865) 268-4237 to learn more about our services and products or to schedule a consultation.