Why the Shingles’ Wind Rating Matters

urbizo-5If you live in or around Mukilteo, then you know the area is prone to high winds from time to time. This is why the wind rating for shingles matters. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most overlooked aspects by homeowners. A qualified residential roofer, luckily, can square you away in this area.

Shingle Wind Rating Explained

The ratings basically indicate the level of wind gust a shingle can withstand. A shingle’s rating is mostly determined by two factors: the shingle material and number of fasteners used.

Shingle Material – Always look at what the shingles are made of. 3-tab shingles, for instance, have a wind rating of 60-90 mph. Likewise, laminate/composition shingles are a bit sturdier with a rating of 110-130 mph. Finally, presidential-style shingles, which is what we recommend, have a 130 mph rating. This is more than enough to withstand the occasional high winds of the Northwest.

Number of Fasteners – The number of nails used also comes into play. Laminate/composition shingles with four to five fasteners will typically have a 110 mph rating. The rating is improved to 130 mph if six fasteners are used. Keep in mind that by fasteners, we’re talking about nails and not staples. Securing shingles with staples, in fact, will usually void the manufacturer’s wind rating warranty.

Your geographical location also determines the wind rating level necessary. The Seattle area isn’t exactly hurricane city by any means. Nevertheless, it does occasionally get some heavy winds that may pry a few shingles loose especially if they’re not properly fastened. This is why all re-roofing should be done by a qualified expert.

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Give Urbizo Bros Roofing a call for residential or commercial roofing installation. We also provide other services like leak inspections and gutter replacement if you’re looking for a total roof makeover. Shingle wind ratings are important for long-term durability and is something our experienced crew will not neglect when inspecting your home or business.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

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