Why Denver Colorado Homeowners Should Use Hail-Resistant Roofing Materials
Denver, Colorado is located on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. It has four seasons, with a sunny, warm summer and a bitterly cold winter. December sees very low temperatures, high winds, snowfall and hail, and the snow can fall from later autumn into early spring, with temperatures falling as low as minus 34 degrees Celsius. Tornados have been known to strike the area on occasion, but are not particularly common.
Because winters can be so cold, the Weather Channel ranks Denver as the 18th coldest City in the USA. It is important that homeowners take measures to protect their properties. Hail-resistant roofing can help to protect your roof against hail and other extreme weather.
Impact Resistant Roof Tiles
There are several different types of impact resistant tiling. Class 4 resistant tiles are ideal for protecting your roof against not just hail but also significant amounts of ice. In Colorado, severe hailstorms can cause devastating damage to your property. In fact, the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association refers to the Front Range of Colorado as hail alley. It receives more large hailstones (sometimes golfball-sized) than any other part of North America.
In the last ten years, such huge hailstorms have caused more than $1.7 billion in damage to property, including automobiles and roofs. Much of that damage could be prevented with the use of the right kind of hail resistant roofing material. Shingles that are made out of polymer-modified asphalt such as SBS are better than shingles made from traditional oxidized types of asphalt.
Another thing that helps is to increase the roof pitch. If you are getting a new roof, then having it have a pitch of 6:12 or more can make it more resistant to hailstorms. In addition, fitting a new roof rather than roofing over existing shingle can make the roof last much longer.
Underlay for Your Roof
A single layer of thin underlayment can help to make your roof far more resistant to hail, while still offering some air permeation. Modern underlay materials are thin, light and strong, and ideal for weather-proofing your roof.
The most important thing, however is to choose the right kind of shingle. Hail resistance is rated from Class 1, which is quite fragile and likely to be damaged in a hailstorm, through to Class 4, which is the strongest and most resilient type of shingle. Wood-shake shingle, while incredibly attractive, would be rated as Class 1.
For optimal hail resistance, you need the right pitch, the right decking, a suitable form of underlayment and the right type of shingle. Simply adding Class 3 or Class 4 single to an existing roof is unlikely to be enough to offer suitable weather protection in the long term. Make sure that you get the advice of a reputable Denver roofing contractor such as Integrity Xteriors.
The good news is that a lot of insurance companies give incentives to encourage their customers to update their roofs, so you do not have to foot the whole bill for improving the property if you live in an area where hail damage is a serious risk.