Most asphalt shingles have a Class A fire-resistance rating. However, this doesn’t mean that all asphalt shingles are the same.
Here’s what you need to know about fire resistance ratings to be more informed when selecting a roofing contractor for your roof replacement.
Fire Ratings of Asphalt Shingles
Fire resistance for roofing materials is classified in the following ways:
- Class A: Most asphalt shingles fall into this category. Class A shingles give the roof deck a high degree of fire protection.
- Class B: Class B shingles give the roof deck a moderate degree of fire protection.
- Class C: This lowest category of roofing shingles only gives the roof deck a slight degree of fire protection.
How can you use this information to pick out a roofing contractor for your roof replacement?
For one thing, you’ll know the answer you should receive when asking for fire-resistant roofing materials. If the company doesn’t promise a Class A asphalt shingle, you’ll know to take your business elsewhere – especially if you live in a fire-prone area.
However, just because a roofing company uses shingles with a Class A fire rating doesn’t mean that this is the best shingle on the market for durability, wind resistance, and algae resistance. You want a contractor that can promise a fire-resistant roof and one that will stand up to your area’s weather. This will dramatically lower the chances of an emergency roofing situation, such as flooding.
Other Important Questions to Ask About Asphalt Shingles
At a minimum, you need to choose fire-resistant shingles for your roofing job. But, here are some additional asphalt shingles questions you should consider asking:
What level of wind resistance is offered by asphalt shingle?
For comparison purposes, asphalt shingles installed with an Owens Corning sealant will withstand winds up to 130 mph.
Are any types of asphalt shingles algae-resistant?
Owens Corning blends copper-lined granules with their shingles to help fight against algae growth.
Will my roof be watertight?
The Owens Corning roofing system is designed to protect the structure of your home from becoming water damaged. Unlike other roof systems, adhesive strips keep the whole roof watertight.
Can my roof help keep my home cooler during the summer?
Those living in sunny areas should be aware that there are products on the market that can reduce the effect of the sun’s rays.
As you can see, there are a lot of questions to ask when selecting the best roofing materials for your asphalt roof replacement job. However, you also need to take great care when choosing a roofing contractor, preferably one with years of experience installing fireproof asphalt roofing shingles.
AmeriPro Roofing is an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor!
AmeriPro is proud to have been recognized as an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor for the last 9 years! We’ve partnered with the global leader for roofing shingle replacement, gutters, and siding services. Of course, we use fire-resistant roofing material. Additionally, Owens Corning shingles are also wind-resistant and algae resistant and can help keep your home cooler during the summer.
If you’re ready to upgrade your home’s roofing, fill out the contact form on our website to request your free roof inspection today.