Oklahoma’s weather can drop like a speeding car on a highway that spots a state trooper. It can go from 80-degree weather to low twenties within hours. The turbulent weather brings about damaging storms such as tornadoes and hail storms. Our first line of defense against this temperamental weather is none other than our roofs.
Knowing the different types of roof shingles that will not only weather the storm but provide aesthetic value and durability is helpful when making an investment in your roof.
Here at Turner Roofing, we offer the following types of roof shingles:
- Wood Shake
However, not all of those types of roof shingles are best suited for the crazy Oklahoma weather. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate guide to types of roof shingles you need in the great state of Oklahoma.
Ashphalt shingles are the most common type of roof shingle. They are the most cost-effective type of roof and usually come in three-tab cutouts. The downside is that they will wear out more quickly than some of the other more durable types of roof shingles.
Asphalt Architectural Class 4 impact shingles.
Roof Shingles are rated on their ability to handle hail damage or impact. The Class 4 shingle is tested with a 2” steel ball that simulates a piece of hail. They test the shingle by impacting it with the steel ball in the same spot twice to ensure it won’t be damaged. Having a shingle that can resist this type of impact can help protect the underlayment of the roof, preventing leaks. This is obviously an appealing type of roof shingle to insurance companies and many insurance companies will provide a discount to those who use this type of roof shingle in Oklahoma. If you’re looking at making a new roof investment, check with your insurance company to see what kind of discount you can receive for using a Class 4 shingle.
These types of shingles are made up of a combination of plastic and rubber to mimic slate. Synthetic shingles will hold up to the Oklahoma weather but they will cost you four times as much money than an asphalt roof would cost.
Other Things to Consider When Choosing Types of Roof Shingles in Oklahoma
Red clay roof tiles are fragile and over time become brittle. They crack under extreme heat and cold and are easily broken from hail. They are also the most expensive type of tile roof. That being said, if you’re building a certain style of house, there really is no other way to get that same sort of look that you get with a red clay roof.
Secondly, many neighborhoods have covenants about roofs and the types of roofs shingle sand colors that can be installed. It’s best to check those before you begin on choosing the type of roof shingle you want.
Need help deciding which type of roof shingle to go with? Call us! Our employees are salaried and not working off of commission. We’ll always shoot you straight and roofing estimates are always free.
Wondering if you have roof damage after a storm? Read our article on, “How to Tell if You Have Roof Damage from a Storm.”