Before you decide to invest in a new roof, you’ll want to know a few things about shingles. High-quality shingles have a longer total lifespan and better protect your home from harsh outside elements. Installing cheap or poor-quality shingles can result in extensive roof damage or a faster deteriorating roof. To avoid this and find the best roof for you, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of top performing shingles.

For most types of shingles, it’s important that they shed water, are fire and wind resistant, are durable and more. With newer shingle product development, there are additional features and requirements out there for shingles to meet the highest standard. Manufacturers are raising the bar by improving shingle tear strength, heating behavior and nail resistance in high and low temperatures over a long period of time. Three of the easiest and most tested features to check when seeking high-quality shingles include resistance to sun exposure, temperature, and wind and rain.

 

Sun Exposure

UV rays can affect the protective layer of asphalt shingles and cause them to dry up and crack. High-quality shingles will be able to withstand the sun’s rays. A cool roofing method has reflective coatings to prevent UV damage to shingles and reflect sun exposure.

Your shingles take the brunt of the sun’s heat, so it’s important that they are able to resist the sun’s rays better than conventional roofing materials, especially if you live in a hot area. The effectiveness of your shingle will also help you save on energy by absorbing less of the sun and keeping the inside of your home cool.

 

Temperature 

A high-quality shingle should be able to resist extreme temperatures, both hot and cold. In scorching temperatures, your roof can face heat damage, which includes bubbling, morphing, cracking and lost granules. In below-zero temperatures, certain shingles can become less flexible or freeze and break. This would allow snow and water to seep through the roof and cause further damage.

For top performing options, look for shingles that stand the durability test of temperatures up to a maximum of around 170° F. If it’s winter time and you’re wanting to install shingles in the cold weather, be sure the temperature isn’t lower than 40° F, otherwise you may deal with broken shingles and ineffective sealants.   

 

Wind and Rain

High wind speeds can cause damage to your roof, with or without rain or other harmful weather elements. Wind damage can cause leaks, missing or curling shingles, as well as gutter problems. The best shingles will stand up to heavy, driving rain and won’t blow or tear off in the wind. They should be able to withstand 90 mph winds, whereas, for other shingles, wind damage can occur at around 50 mph. Installation is another crucial factor in the longevity of shingles in high wind and rain conditions. Make sure the shingles are installed correctly so they don’t go flying off in the next storm.

If you want your roof to provide protection and last you as long as possible, try to select shingles that resist sun exposure, extreme temperatures, and strong wind and rain. If your shingles can withstand these tests, you won’t have to worry about pouring more time, effort and money into replacing shingles or fixing damages. The most important step of this process is investing in good shingles and great installation at the beginning.

What quality do you look for in a top-performing shingle? Leave a comment below and let us know! 

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