Jun 30, 2022

Roof Replacement Using Class 4 Impact-Resistant Shingles

Wisconsin and Minnesota homeowners are all too familiar with storm damage repair due to the effects of hail on their homes.  When it comes time for storm damage roof repair, homeowners should not only do their careful research on storm damage restoration contractors, but also on the roof installation materials they will be using.

What Are Class 4 Impact Resistant Shingles?

Homeowners considering a new roof installation should understand that roofing companies are able to offer them shingles that fit into one of four impact resistance classes.  These are assigned by the Underwriters Laboratory. When it comes to impact resistance,1 is the lowest grade shingle and Class 4 is the highest shingle class grade.  To determine impact resistance rating, steel spheres of various sizes are dropped onto shingles at a rate of 90 mph.  The height that the spheres are released can vary from 12-20 feet.  In order for a shingle to be awarded a Class 4 impact resistance rating, they must not tear, crack, or split after having the steel ball dropped on them twice in the same spot.

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What Are Some Examples Of Class 4 Impact Resistant Shingles That Can Be Used For Roof Replacement?

GAF Glenwood Shingles

GAF Glenwood® shingles are designed to imitate the appearance of a cedar shake roof installation.  They are able to achieve the highest possible impact rating because they are significantly thicker than ordinary shingles.  In fact, they are manufactured with three layers.  This makes them extremely resistant to hail.  At Lindus Construction, we have performed storm damage roof repair inspections on Glenwood® roofs that have received hail with a 2.75” diameter that did not result in the need for a roof replacement estimate.

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GAF Timberline® AS II Shingles

GAF Timberline® AS II Shingles are aesthetically pleasing, largely in part because of their unique shadow bands that are applied using a high-tech computer controlled “feathering” procedure.  This gives the shingles a stunning combination of depth and dimension.  In addition to their beauty, the shingles have achieved a Class 4 impact resistance rating, offering the ultimate peace of mind.

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What Should I Know About Class 4 Impact Resistant Shingles In Relationship To Insurance?

The most expensive home improvement is the one you pay for twice.  Even with insurance, hail damage roof repair can be a costly endeavor.  Many insurance companies have already started or will be implementing deductible changes.  This means that roofs older than 10-15 years may only be eligible to receive actual cash value for roofing insurance claims for storm damage.  Some insurance companies are in the process of or have already implemented deductibles that are 1%-3% of a home’s value.  In addition, homeowners’ insurance rates are expected to climb by as much as 10% annually for the next few years.  For these reasons, savvy homeowners are opting to switch to Class 4 impact resistant shingles.  While this type of roof replacement estimate may come in higher than lower grades of shingles, Class 4 impact resistant shingles are designed to have a longer lifespan.  In fact, Lindus Construction offers a 50-year non-prorated warranty on the GAF Class 4 impact resistant shingles they offer.  This warranty is transferrable to the next owner of your home.  Insurance companies also often offer discounts for homeowners that have Class 4 impact resistant shingles installed.

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Roof Installation Reviews:

"The roofing project started on a Thursday and was done that day. The gutters were installed 2 weeks after, and Jeff was very informative about what I was expecting.  Thanks to Lindus Construction for all the help."

Paul C.
Rice Lake, WI
April 15, 2024

"I am very happy with the roofing and gutter system and it's largely due to your perseverance and communication with me for the project. There are always so many details in this work and I want to convey my appreciation to your management. I know why Lindus is a successful company. It's not just their product but more importantly their people."

Maureen C.
St Paul, MN
April 12, 2024

"My roof & LeafGuard® Gutters look beautiful! Great job! Everyone was very professional. Thank you."

Donna H.
Ellsworth, WI
April 10, 2024

"Lindus Construction replaced our shingles on Monday. They did a fantastic job. They arrived at 7am and finished by 3pm. They did an amazing job and I would recommend them to anyone.  Just like anything in life. you get what you pay for and we are 100% satisfied."

Pat S.
Plymouth, MN
April 5, 2024

"We've had our roof replaced and LeafGuard® Gutters installed by Lindus and were quite happy with their workmanship."

Don N.
MInneapolis, MN
December 17, 2023

"Four years ago Lindus replaced our roof. By far the best installation we have ever had on the house. They have above and beyond professional workmanship. I walk my roof twice a year and no problems at all. I wish I could say that of the previous work done on the roof.  I wholeheartedly recommend them for whatever needs you have around your house."

Bob A.
Somerset, Wi
December 15, 2023
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