A few hail storms rumbled through the south Denver metro area recently, hitting many residential homes. Denver has seen much worse in the past. This year’s hail was calm, but the season is not completely over. Denver residential roofing companies, like New Roof Plus, have been called out for a lot of roof inspections. Homeowners were certain their roof was damaged. Fortunately for most of them, the damage wasn’t enough to warrant a replacement
When the next storm does enough damage to warrant replacement, your options are more than you might think. Today, residential roofing includes many varieties, styles, and options. If your home has always had an asphalt roof, there are options you can consider that can give your home a fresh new look or a completely bold look with something more dramatic. Here are a few considerations.
Architectural Style Asphalt Shingles
Architectural style shingles are extra thick asphalt shingles. It adds dimension and variation to the roof’s look. Traditional asphalt roofs are pretty smooth. Manufacturers have developed advanced coloring variations to create the illusion of definition. If you are looking for something with a more actual definition look, this shingle is worth considering. These are called Architectural Shingles. They are still made of Asphalt, but create the sense of largeness and perhaps a shake or slate look.
Traditional Asphalt Shingles
Millions of homes across the US are covered with traditional Asphalt shingles. Since the 19o0’s when Asphalt first came into use, the Asphalt shingle has been improved a lot but the basics are still very similar and familiar. Usually installed in “3 Tab” configuration, Asphalt shingles provide a very affordable, reliable, and attractive roofing system. A very popular shingle in the category is the Owens Corning Duration line of shingle.
Class 4 Rated Asphalt Shingles
Class 4 Rated Asphalt Shingles are the top designation for Asphalt roofing options. A Class 4 rating for roofing materials means it withstands a greater disturbance from hail or wind. To earn the designation, a manufacturer needs to get UL (Underwriters Laboratory) tested and approved.
As you would expect, a Class 4 rated asphalt shingle will be thicker, like an architectural shingle. It will also be designed to withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour and survive hail better than Class 3 shingles. Asphalt is still asphalt in the end – which is a combination of a tar-like material combined with fiberglass and
More Than Asphalt…
Beyond Asphalt, you have a lot of choices. New Roof Plus installs all of these. Here is a quick list and pages in our website where you can learn more about them:
- Stone Coated Steel by Decra
- Composite Shingle by Davinci
- Metal Roofing
- Euroshield Roofing – highest rated hail proof shingle
- Flat Roofing – for mid-century modern homes and other residential flat roofs
- Combination roofs – utilizing more than one material for architectural interest
Now you know that your next asphalt roof, if that is what you choose, could be many different styles and of varying quality. To upgrade to a Class 4 shingle from a regular shingle is not that much of a difference in price. If you would like to get some ideas from New Roof Plus, we offer free roof inspections and estimates.