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ak12345
Roof shingle suggestion for coastal New England house?

Does someone have a recommendation for roof shingles that can stand up to coastal New England weather? The house is exposed on a hill facing the water. Over the years it has been directly exposed to hurricanes and strong Nor'easters - so withstanding heavy winds is our main concern. Thanks.

dj1
Re: Roof shingle suggestion for coastal New England house?

Get the opinions of local roofers. Those with experience, not those who just want your job.

Shingles installed correctly, with nails (not staples) can take winds in the 70-80 mph range.

But I'm sure you've seen images of flying roofs in tornadoes in the midwest. They won't stay put in winds over 80 mph. And if poorly installed, the take off in 40 mph range winds.

designseeker
Re: Roof shingle suggestion for coastal New England house?

Architectural grade shingles..hand nailed!

http://www.westchester-architects.com

ak12345
Re: Roof shingle suggestion for coastal New England house?

Thank you for the replies. Because of the way they seem to overlap and have that 3-D effect, I was worried that the lower edges of the architectural shingles might be pulled up by high winds, and then make the roof more vulnerable to damage. Are they strong enough that this is not an issue? Thanks again.

dj1
Re: Roof shingle suggestion for coastal New England house?

The dimentional/architectual shingles are very popular for their good looks and durability. Some of them even carry lifetime warranty. The top parts are attached to the base of the shingles with tar, and it's as they're fused together.

Regarding the warranty: it's a limited warranty for workmanship, not the installation or a natural disaster. In other words, not very enforceable.

Hope that answers your question.

ak12345
Re: Roof shingle suggestion for coastal New England house?

Yes, that helps. Thanks for the advice!

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