Wind-Resistant Roofing Options
LESLIE: Alright. Rachel is calling in from South Dakota with some windy issues. What’s going on?
RACHEL: Well, a while back, last fall we had some hail damage and the wind starts taking over and started blowing some of the shingles off.
RACHEL: So we need to replace the roof – the whole thing – but I look around and I see that all these barns have the metal roofs and nothing is happening to those roofs. And neighbors and everything are all having trouble with their shingles, too. And I was wondering, is a metal roof better than going with just your average shingle or …?
TOM: Well, it depends, OK? Let me tell you why. First of all, if you have a high-wind situation, you want to install high-wind shingles. There are storm-resistant shingles. There are some asphalt shingles out there that are designed to stand up to, I think, near 100 miles an hour. I know Owens Corning …
LESLIE: I think even higher. Owens Corning is like 130.
TOM: Yeah. And there are other manufacturers, as well.
That said, a metal roof is an excellent roof. And the metal roofs today have low-E coatings on them, so they reflect heat in the summer and keep you warm in the winter but they’re very expensive. You know, they’re called investment-grade roofs because they do cost quite a bit of money to install.
So either is a good choice but I just don’t want you to think that you – that there’s no alternative for standard asphalt shingles; there is and they’re called high-wind shingles.
RACHEL: OK. And you said Owens Corning was …
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. They make a good one.
TOM: Yes, they make one. Mm-hmm.
RACHEL: They make a good one? OK. Alright. Well, thank you very much. I appreciate your time.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.