If you’re shopping around for high wind resistant roofing materials for your sloped roof, consider the following options. Here along the Colorado Front Range, we often get high winds in the Spring and Fall. Although asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material, they are not the only material available.
Several shingle manufacturers offers high wind resistant roofing products, such as Owens Corning’s Duration Storm and GAF’s Timberline HDZ. Shingles such as these offer high wind warranties up to 130mph. When shopping for high wind resistant shingles, make sure the product says it withstands winds of at least 110mph. Your roofing contractor can help.
Asphalt shingles are the least expensive. For an average 2500 sf roof using mid-grade shingles, expect $3.40/sf.
When you think of metal roofing, you might think of the 2′ x 8′ sheets of corrugated sheet metal on barns. Although 2′ x 8′ sheets is one option, today, there are other options available. Boral Roofing, for example, offers a metal roofing product that resembles asphalt shingles. Their stone-coated steel roofing option is tested to resist wind speeds in excess of 120mph.
Because traditional metal roofing is installed in large sheets, there are fewer edges for wind to get under. As a result, metal roofing is a great high wind resistant roofing material for sloped roofs.
Using our 2500 sf. roof example, you’re looking at around $9.50/sf. for metal.
As a side note, a metal roof also offers better resistance to wind damage 🙂
Tile and Slate
Clay and concrete tiles, and slate are heavy, which is why they are good in high winds. They must be properly installed, however. If installed improperly, and with a strong enough wind, clay and concrete tiles can still be blown off. And if they are blown off, they are a serious threat, again, because of their weight.
Tile is a significant investment, and the most expensive of our high wind resistant roofing materials. $11/sf. for that same 2500 sf roof.
Asphalt shingles aren’t the only high wind resistant roofing product. Although metal is more expensive, it should be seriously considered. Especially if you want that classic Colorado look 🙂