Climate considerations for asphalt shingles

January 2, 2024 by

In our last post, we provided an overview of asphalt shingles and explored the diverse types available, highlighting their versatility and suitability for a range of architectural styles. We discussed the popular options from traditional three-tab shingles to the more robust architectural varieties and the premium appeal of luxury shingles. Each type offers unique benefits, catering to different aesthetic and functional preferences.

Building on our expertise in roofing solutions, we’re now turning the spotlight to a topic that is vital for every homeowner to consider: how the climate affects your choice of asphalt roof shingles. At Gunner Roofing, we understand that the right roofing material must not only align with your home’s architectural design but also stand resilient against the specific weather conditions of your region.

In this post, we dive deeper into the world of asphalt shingles, focusing on how they perform under various climatic stresses. Whether your home faces the salty air of coastal regions, endures the relentless heat of arid landscapes, or battles the freezing temperatures of snowy climates, Gunner is here to guide you. We’ll provide you with the insights and knowledge necessary to choose asphalt shingles that offer not just beauty and style but also enduring protection and performance, no matter where you live. Join us as we navigate the essentials of selecting the ideal roofing solution to safeguard and enhance your home in any climate.

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The crucial role of climate in shingle choice

At Gunner, our extensive experience has taught us that the impact of climate on the selection of asphalt shingles cannot be overstated. Different climates pose unique challenges and demands on roofing materials, and understanding these nuances is key to making an informed shingle choice.

Adapting to varied weather patterns

Hot and sunny climates: asphalt shingles for high UV and heat exposure
In the scorching environments of the Southwest, asphalt shingles are constantly exposed to intense UV radiation and high temperatures. This sun exposure can lead to accelerated wear and tear on roofing materials, causing fading and reducing the life span of the asphalt roof. For these hot climates, it’s crucial to opt for asphalt roofing shingles specifically designed with enhanced UV resistance and reflective properties. These shingles are capable of reflecting heat, thus helping to maintain cooler roof surfaces and reduce cooling costs in warmer weather. The durability of these shingles in sun-drenched conditions makes them the best material choice for homes in regions with high sun exposure.

Cold and snowy environments: durable shingles for ice and snow
Areas like the Northeast, characterized by cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, require asphalt shingles that can endure the rigors of extreme weather conditions. The challenge here includes combating ice dams and the weight of nearly invisible ice and snow on the roof surface. We recommend shingles that are durable enough to withstand thermal cycling and that possess insulation properties to retain warmth. These shingles should be flexible to adapt to cold climates without cracking, making them ideal for sloped roofs where snow and ice buildup is a concern.

front view of house with snow on roof

Wet and humid areas: moisture-resistant asphalt shingles
In humid and coastal areas, like the Southeast, maintaining the integrity of the roof structure against moisture is crucial. Here, the asphalt shingles must be adept at preventing water damage, resisting moisture penetration, and combating potential algae growth. We advise homeowners to choose shingles with protective coatings and excellent waterproofing capabilities, ensuring that the roof surface remains intact and free from leaks. Algae-resistant asphalt shingles are especially beneficial in these wet climates, helping to prolong the roof’s life span and maintain its aesthetic appeal.

Wind-prone zones: shingles with high wind resistance
For regions known for high winds or hurricane conditions, like the Gulf Coast, selecting asphalt shingles with high wind ratings is paramount. These shingles must be robust, securely fastened, and capable of resisting wind uplift. Superior adhesive strips and a durable material composition ensure that the shingles remain in place even under harsh wind conditions. This focus on wind resistance is essential in preventing roof damage and ensuring the safety and longevity of the roofing system.

Maximizing shingle life span in varying climates

Tailored shingle selection for diverse climates
At Gunner, we recognize that the key to maximizing the life span of asphalt shingles lies in selecting the right type tailored to your specific climate. Our extensive experience across various U.S. regions enables us to expertly guide homeowners in this critical decision. For instance, in sun-soaked areas like California or Texas, we recommend UV-resistant shingles that can combat the harsh effects of constant sun exposure. Conversely, in states known for their frigid winters, such as Minnesota or Maine, we suggest opting for shingles designed to endure heavy snow and ice, preventing damage from freeze-thaw cycles.

Comprehensive maintenance for longevity
Beyond choosing the appropriate shingle type, regular maintenance plays a pivotal role in preserving the integrity and extending the life of your roof. Our team emphasizes the importance of routine inspections, timely repairs, and preventive measures such as debris removal and gutter maintenance. This proactive approach is crucial in identifying potential issues early and mitigating damage, thereby ensuring your roof remains in optimal condition for years to come.

The critical role of professional installation and ventilation

Gunner’s installation excellence
The performance and longevity of your asphalt shingles are profoundly influenced by the quality of installation. As a reputable roofing contractor, Gunner Roofing prides itself on meticulous installation practices. At Gunner, we take pride in being a GAF Master Elite® Residential Roofing Contractor – a prestigious certification achieved by only 3 percent of roofing professionals, specializing in the GAF roofing system. This certification underscores our commitment to meticulous installation practices. We ensure that each shingle is properly aligned, securely nailed, and effectively sealed. This precision not only guards against common issues like water infiltration and wind uplift but also upholds the manufacturer’s warranty. Our expertise ensures that your roofing system is installed to the highest standards, providing peace of mind and lasting protection.

gunner team installing shingles on roof

Ventilation: a key factor in roof health
Proper roof ventilation is another critical aspect, especially in areas experiencing extreme temperatures. Gunner understands the nuances of effective ventilation systems that are essential for maintaining balanced attic temperatures. In hot climates, good ventilation prevents excessive heat buildup, reducing the strain on your shingles and your home’s cooling system. In colder regions, it helps in minimizing the risk of ice dams, a common issue that can cause significant damage. By ensuring proper ventilation, we enhance the energy-efficiency of your home and extend the life span of your roof, making it a smart investment for the future.

Understanding local weather patterns
At Gunner, we emphasize the importance of understanding your local weather patterns when selecting asphalt shingles. Each region has its own unique climatic characteristics, and what works in one area may not be the best choice in another. Our team of experts is well-versed in the climatic challenges across various U.S. regions. We take pride in our ability to provide tailored advice, ensuring that the shingles you choose not only enhance the beauty of your home but also offer the protection and longevity required for your specific climate.

In summary, at Gunner Roofing, we bring a holistic approach to asphalt shingle roofing. Our expertise in climate-specific shingle selection, combined with our commitment to professional installation and optimal ventilation, ensures that your roof is not only aesthetically pleasing but also structurally sound and energy-efficient. Trust us to provide a roofing solution that stands the test of time, regardless of the weather challenges your region may face.