Normal or regular asphalt shingle continues to dominate the roofing industry, accounting for more than 70% of residential roofs including replacements and new constructions. However, while normal asphalt shingle is still the popular choice for most homes, businesses and garages, a lot of people are also opting for the relatively new roofing application, class 4 impact resistant shingles.

Here, take a look below to understand the basic difference between the impact resistant and regular asphalt shingle.

# Durability

When it comes to durability, class 4 impact resistant shingles are considered to be the most durable shingle in the industry. These shingles have an improved granular adhesion and superior weatherability when compared to normal shingles. For those who live near areas prone to hail or extreme temperature, impact resistant shingle is the best choice. Regular shingles, on the other hand, are more suited for cooler climates and they are not able to handle the rise and drop of temperature.

# Cost

When it comes to the cost, SBS Class 4 impact resistant shingles can run anywhere from 10-25% more thak a normal asphalt shingle. Also, they have a lifespan of about 5-15 years due to the hail and high winds that Colorado experiences. Impact resistant shingles, on the other hand, initially cost more, but they tend to pay for themselves in the long run due to reduced maintenance costs and prevention of premature roof replacement.

However, the choice of shingles ultimately comes down to the climatic conditions of where you live. It is best to seek professional advice from a roofing expert.

Denver weather has been changing over the years; each summer we normally see at least one hail storm. With that said, we also see our insurance rates increasing each year.

When considering what type of shingle to have installed it is good to know that insurance companies could give you up to a 25% discount on your homeowners insurance which typically covers the cost difference within a few years, and then you continue to save for years to come.