Once you've been through a bad storm that destroyed your roof, you might wonder if you should install better roofing on your home when you have repairs done. You may not have much choice if your insurance company is paying the bill, but if you're looking for roofing more durable than three-tab shingles, take a look at metal or high-grade asphalt shingles. Here's why they protect your home better.
High-Grade Asphalt Shingles Are Thicker
Asphalt shingles are an affordable type of roofing, so it's no wonder the shingles are so popular. You may not know that asphalt shingles come in different grades. The highest grade is called luxury shingles. They cost more than three-tab shingles, but the cost is worth it for the extra protection they provide. They have higher impact ratings for protection against hail. They also have higher wind ratings.
These shingles provide better protection because they're thicker. Being thicker, they're more durable and have longer lives than three-tab shingles. They also have a more attractive appearance, yet they still look like asphalt shingles so they blend in with other homes in the neighborhood.
When protection from wind and hail are important, check the rating scores on the roofing material before you buy it. You can compare the ratings with costs so you can find the most protective roof that fits your budget.
Metal Roofing Protects Against Many Threats
A metal roof is also more expensive than three-tab shingles, but metal provides superior protection against fire, wind, and hail. Metal roofing protects your home from storms, snow accumulation since snow slides off metal, and fire since metal won't ignite. Metal roofing has an entirely different look from asphalt shingles, so it could be a good choice if you want a new look for your home.
Metal panels resist lifting off in high winds, and while metal could dent from a strong impact, the metal shouldn't puncture and cause a roof leak. Metal panels are also a good match for solar power. A metal roof protects your home from many dangers and looks good doing it. However, if all homes in your neighborhood have asphalt shingles, you might be reluctant to switch to metal.
You have no control over the weather, so the only thing you can do to prevent storm damage to your roof is to do your research and buy quality roofing materials. To learn more, contact local roofing contractors.