I thought today would be a good day to put together a list of a few of the common Impact resistant options that are available in Denver, Aurora and the rest of the front range. Most Insurance companies will offer a discount of around 5-10 percent if you install impact resistant shingles so depending on the type of roofing material that your house currently has it might pay itself off in short order to pay a little more for an upgrade to impact resistant shingles. Remember to head to our Home Page and click on free estimate if you would like a quote on any line of impact resistant shingle.
Manufacturers and the Impact resistant shingles offered-
Gaf has two series of Impact resistant shingles. They both are class 4 impact resistant which is the highest rating that is available. This means that a hail strike that will damage a normal shingle will not cause any damage to this shingle. The actual test involves dropping a ball made of steel from 20 feet onto a shingle to see how much damage done. It is a 2 inch ball made to simulate what is normally a very damaging hail strike.
Armorshield 2 series-
These class 4 impact resistant shingles look identical to Gaf’s Timberline series which is the most popular shingle in America. They are available in the same colors as the Timberline series but will handle hail damage much better.
Grand Sequoia IR-
These carry the same class 4 rating as the timberline series but are suppose to resemble wood shake roofs. While I think these roofs look very nice I do not think they are comparable on looks to wood shake. They are much more practical though, When installed with at least 3 gaf accessories they offer a lifetime warranty on the product. This is true of all of Gaf’s lifetime shingles.
Here is a link to a PDF brochure from GAF about their IR lines of shingles. Gaf Impact Resistant Shingles Brochure
All of CertainTeed’s IR shingles are class 4 impact resistant as well as fire resistant which is the industry standard.
Presidential Shake IR-
This is CertainTeed’s Wood shake alternative that meets all of their Impact Resistant specifications. They claim that this line was the first to market and that is clearly the best looking. Of course every manufacture claims theirs looks the best so you really have to decide for yourself.
These carry a lifetime limited warranty for manufacturer defect and a 15 year 110 mph wind warranty !
This is CertainTeed’s “standard” Impact resistant shingle that looks like a typical 30 year architectural shingle.
These carry the same great warranties as the Presidential Shake IR line.
Landmark Solaris Gold IR-
They call this a “solar reflective asphalt roofing shingle” with a Solar Reflective Index(SRI) of 29. Every shingle in this line is energy star certified. These shingles look similar to the Landmark series and might be worth looking into with the readily available sunshine we get here in Denver.
Highland Slate IR-
This is CertainTeed’s attempt to replicate a slate look with a asphalt shingle and I like the result. These shingles are pricey but they look great and offer the same great warranty as all of the above shingles. 50 year warranty on manufacturer defects and a 15 year 110 mph warranty.
XT 30 IR-
While this sounds like the newest BMW crossover it is actually a strange product. It is a traditional 3 tab look which has traditionally been reserved for the cheapest roofs and made a 30 year impact resistant shingle. This roof does not qualify for the stellar warranties above but it does have a 30 year manufacturer defect warranty and a 70 mph wind warranty but it does have special application instructions for that to apply so make sure your installer has read up and knows what is required!
For more info on CertainTeed IR products you can check out their PDF brochure at this link: CertainTeed IR Brocure.pdf
Like all of the other shingles reviewed here these are class 4 impact resistant shingles. And like most or all of the shingles the manufacturer also claims some level of algae resistance. They also claim that they are the best looking shingle on the market and use some of their patented terminology to tell you about it. It is their TrueDefinition technology that makes the contrast so different from those “other” shingles.
These shingles offer a limited lifetime warranty to cover manufacturer defects and offer a 110 mph wind warranty. They also offer a limited algae resistance warranty if you follow manufacturer instructions during install.
For complete details on owens corning Weatherguard series please click the following link to download their pdf. – Weatherguard HP pdf
I try to ignore the marketing and find a roof in your area that has shingles that you like or that your contractor is wanting to install. If you are looking for Impact resistant shingles in Denver that might limit your ability to pick the exact color you want in some cases so be aware that the choices are somewhat limited in most cases.