Many people search to find a true hail-proof roofing option for their home or building. The idea that a roofing shingle or roofing system exists that is completely hail-resistant seems absurd to many. Hail is very destructive.
Hail destroys a lot of roofs every year in Denver and across many parts of the US. If you have been through the process of getting your roof replaced due to hail, you would probably prefer to not do it again. This is why so many homeowners search to find a better, longer-lasting shingle. A shingle that will survive the next storm.
“There is No Such Thing as a Hail-Proof Roof”
Some roofing consultants will tell you “there is no such thing as a hail-proof roof”. Why they tell you this is likely for one of two reasons.
A. They don’t know about any product that is Hail Proof
B. They don’t want to sell it to you because the roof lasts too long!
Hail Resistant Roofing vs Hail Proof Roofing
Roofing manufacturers steer clear of saying “Hail Proof”. The phrase “hail-proof” is much more definitive than the phrase “hail-resistant” Hail Proof makes one think that hail cannot damage it. Hail Resistant sounds similar but lawyers got involved to put limits on how much hail the resistant label can support, so to speak.
The subtlety here is using the word Hail “resistant” instead of Hail “Proof”, but only if you are a lawyer, and we are not. To us, HailProof is the most durable. It can take a real hail storm and survive. There is only one product we are familiar with that does this and it is Euroshield. We will discuss this next.
Hail Proof Roofing by Euroshield
This product is impressive. It looks fantastic too. It also has a 50-year warranty. If you don’t want to replace your roof again, look closely at this option.
Euroshield clearly believes in its product. They make a lot of promises and claims and a huge warranty to back it up. We have written a lot about this and you can read more here about Euroshield.
Class 4 Rated Impact Resistant Roofing Shingles
Class 4 Shingles are the highest official designation for impact-resistant shingles. While it is the “best” rated, it may not survive a real nasty hailstorm. But it is still the best asphalt shingle that can be purchased and installed at a reasonable price.
Owens Corning Duration Storm Shingle is a class 4-rated shingle. It looks fantastic and comes in a bunch of options for color. We install a lot of this product. You can’t go wrong with it for sure.
We have written about this shingle as well and you can read more about Class 4 Shingles here
Class 3 Rated Impact Resistant Roofing Shingles
You won’t find much written about this category of impact-resistant shingle. It’s fine but nothing to write about that is exciting. This is what you would consider a standard roofing shingle, like an Owens Corning Duration shingle. It looks great and performs excellently in normal conditions. But if it is in the way of some decent-sized hail, it will get damaged. This is what most roofing contractors, who are volume sellers, want you to buy. This way they can replace it again 5 years after the next storm.
A lot of homeowners choose it because of cost too.
There is nothing wrong with this shingle. We install them often. It just doesn’t give you extra protection like the other choices. There are thinner shingles you can buy than Class 3. Read on!
Class 2 Rated Impact Resistant Roofing Shingles
Class 2 shingles are one of the cheapest options you can buy. Depending on the situation, this shingle can make sense. There are many areas in the US that get no hail. So why would you care about hail resistance? If you live in most areas west of the Rocky Mountains, hail is not an issue. But other weather elements may be. The wind is everywhere so no matter where you live this is a consideration. A better shingle will be designed to handle wind.
Fire can be an issue in some areas. Class 2 is not good for fire worries but it is sufficient for general roofing needs.
Non-Impact Resistant Shingles
This is the final category and it simply means, it is not made for any impacts from the sky or ground, other than rain.
Fire Resistant Roofing
In our next blog post, we are going to do a deep dive into Fire Resistant Roofing for Colorado. We escaped most fires this year (2022) but this is a regular annual problem for many buildings in Colorado. In 2021 the fires were devastating in both the mountains and right here in the Denver metro area. Fires ripped through suburbs as wind exploded a small human-caused fire into a catastrophic wildfire that destroyed hundreds of beautiful homes in Arvada, Superior, and Broomfield.
We have written about Fire Resistant Roofing in Colorado in the Denver Post previously and you can read more here. If you live in a fire-prone area, considering fireproof shingles is a worthy investigation. We will try to provide you with some new insight in our next post.
Until then, thank you for reading, and let us know if you have any questions we can answer.
Standing seam metal roofs are the classic metal roof you see everywhere in Colorado. You find Standing Seam metal roofs in Denver, in the mountains, and out on the eastern Colorado plains. Standing seam metal roofing is durable, hail-resistant, fire-resistant, wind-resistant, and awesome-looking. You see standing seam on many types of buildings. Originally designed for industrial buildings, you now see standing seam roofs on all building types, including high-end homes.
Standing Seam Metal Roof
Its very name, Standing Seam Metal Roofing, exactly describes how it looks. Metal panels are joined together at a protruding seam between the panels. It is as simple as that. Vertical panels of varying widths, lengths, and colors, run across the roof. The vertical seams define the “Standing Seam” classic look from a distance.
New Roof Plus installs a lot of standing seam metal roofs in Colorado. We are experts in this metal roofing niche in the roofing industry.
Standing Seam Metal Color Choices
You have a lot of options when choosing your standing seam metal roof color. The classics are green and red but there are many more now. Blues, greys, white, black, teal, browns, and more. Different manufacturers make varying colors, so nothing is holding you back.
The color you choose for a standing seam metal roof will really make a huge impact on the curb appeal of your building. In the picture above, Texas Roadhouse Restaurant uses a green standing seam roof on all of its restaurants to define its brand. These distinctive buildings stand out and make a statement about their brand.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing Free Advice
We offer advice at no cost to you. Since we install this material all the time, we have manufacturers that we prefer for varying reasons. If your standing seam metal roofing project needs some guidance, give us a call and we can arrange a conversation to help you.
Types of Standing Seam Metal Roofing
You have many choices in the type of standing seam metal roof also. The panels can be pressed into many styles. V-ribs, Striated patterns, bead ribs,
Pencil ribs and more are a few of the options. All of these styles give a different look – and can serve different purposes as well.
Standing seam metal roofing looks perfect on a mountain house in Colorado. The image here shows an older cabin with a new classic red standing seam metal roof.
Benefits of Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Options and Colors
Snow and Ice Dam Removal
These are just a few benefits to standing seam metal roofs. Each one of these listed benefits has more benefits inside them. For example, Weather Durability means ALL-WEATHER issues. This is why you see standing seam metal roofs in Florida and other hurricane-prone areas. It is a very tough material for any type of weather.
Here in Colorado, we get hail, fire, wind, snow, ice dams, and more. Our weather is extreme and standing seam metal roofs are a great option for this problem.
We Are Ready to Install Your New Standing Seam Roof
New Roof Plus has the teams to help you with your roofing project. You can learn more about us by checking out our BBB listing or reading some of our Google reviews. We work very hard to deliver a beautiful roof and if your project includes a standing seam metal roof installation, New Roof Plus is a high-quality choice.
Decra roofing in Denver and surrounding areas is a favorite roofing option of our experts at New Roof Plus. We install Decra stone-coated steel roofing on homes in Denver, the Denver suburbs, and surrounding mountain homes too. A stone-coated steel roof can withstand everything that our climate can throw at it. This includes hail, wind, fire, intense sun exposure, heavy snow, and more.
This home that you see in this post is getting a new Decra stone-coated steel roof and it is located in Larkspur Colorado. Larkspur is a beautiful town south of Denver that is in a pine forest setting. This environment puts unique stresses on different roofing materials. Some of the more traditional materials like asphalt can have more trouble than the more durable materials like steel, metal, and composite roofing. Pine needles and other debris can build up on many roofs and cause rot in certain materials. This debris needs to be removed no matter what roof type you have, but roofing material like stone-coated steel from Decra will not rot.
Why DECRA Roofing for Denver?
Decra is the brand leader in stone-coated steel roofing systems. There are other options to consider. These other brands can be priced less than Decra so it is worth you doing your research to find the product you prefer. Here is a link to the Decra website to see what they have to offer. We can help you with this process too.
We like Decra because they have been doing it the longest, they have good supply availability, the product is solid and it is always of good quality and consistency. Decra also has a lot of color options that most homeowners seem to like.
Decra Roofing to Replace Tile or Shake Roofing
Decra roofing comes in a few styles. These are tile, shingle, or shake. They are all the same material – stone-coated steel.
We often write about Decra since it is such a versatile roofing option for Colorado. Decra offers:
Great durability from our climate including hail and fire resistance
Design choices to fit any home including custom homes and mountain homes
New Roof Plus installs residential metal roofing on beautiful homes across Colorado. From Rocky Mountain homes to suburban Denver homes, metal roofing can add a cool architectural element like none other. Residential Denver homeowners are using more metal roofing now than ever for many reasons. From a complete standing seam metal roof to using metal roofing in just certain areas, metal roofing adds a touch of class and sophistication.
Residential Metal Roofing Benefits
Residential metal roofing has a lot of benefits for a homeowner to consider. Yes, metal roofing looks great but it also gets 5 Stars for:
Hail. Metal typically has a hail rating of Class 4. This means typical hail will not damage the metal roof as it can to traditional asphalt shingle.
Snow. Metal tends to slough off snow better than other materials.
Fire. Metal doesn’t burn. If you are in a fire-prone area, a metal roof is a good first line of defense from floating embers.
Durability. Metal roofing lasts for decades.
These are just a few benefits that are tangible. In fact, aesthetically and architecturally, residential metal roofing is elegant and strong. New Roof Plus installs a lot of residential metal roofing across the Denver metro area and in the mountain communities of Evergreen, Conifer, and even up into Winter Park and Granby areas. Next, you can read a little bit more about a residential metal roofing project we recently installed in Parker Colorado
Metal Roofing and Wildfire Danger Protection
As we are all too aware, fire is a major Colorado problem and frightening concern as we continue to experience drought conditions across the front range and mountain areas. A metal roof does provide some protection that other roofing materials do not. If a wildfire is a concern of yours, metal roofing solutions for wildfire protection are worth a deep dive into your research.
If you would like to talk about ideas, give us a call to start a conversation. We are low key, low pressure, and above all, experienced. We can help get your research started around residential metal roofing ideas.