Most roofers will tell you that if you want longer wear out of a roof in Ontario, select something pricey…a material like slate, wood shingles, metal, or rubber. But we don’t all have that kind of money in our budgets. Those materials provide excellent value but quite a pretty upfront investment too.
If you want more durability at a lower long-term cost, SBS modified shingles can be the solution you’re looking for.
What Is an SBS Modified Shingle?
First, before we address what an SBS modified shingle is, let’s talk about the average shingle that’s on your roof right now. Unless someone paid for an upgrade, that shingle is likely a fiberglass, laminate shingle. It’s built in layers and resembles course-grade sandpaper. There’s a texture to it.
As those Ontario elements and age get the better of it, the texture (or granules) wears off. The texture is what provides protection. When that texture wears off you have little more than extremely thick laminate paper on your roof (not factoring in the underlayers). This is an extreme example, of course. Most homeowners (and banks/insurance companies) would never let their shingles get to that level…but we’ve seen it.
SBS shingles, on the other hand, are a lot stronger and more durable than their fiberglass laminate counterparts. We’ll save you the science behind how they’re made but they’re basically a polymer of hard rubber and plastic that is added to regular shingle asphalt.
These shingles provide excellent protection against some of the worst weather we get here around London such as wind-driven rain and debris, snow, and ice.
Cost of Malarkey Shingles
On average, choosing to upgrade your roofing materials to SBS modified shingles will cost 30% more than your standard laminate shingle. But the reason so many homeowners are selecting the rubber shingle is because it’s created to last up to 75% longer than the basic shingle.
So, for ease of calculations, let’s say the average roof in Ontario lasts twenty years (again, we’re rounding to keep it easy).
What was a 20-year roof with standard shingles is up to a 35-year roof with SBS.
That’s fifteen extra years of life on average for only about 30% more than a standard roof, a nice value. Over the life of your home, that could mean one less new roof you’re paying for.
Why Choose Malarkey SBS Shingles?
There are several reasons SBS is a good value for the money. They include:
- Better Durability and Granular Adhesion. Remember the granules we talked about earlier and how they wear off the standard shingle? SBS provides greater granular adhesion, which means better/longer protection for your home.
- Class 4 Impact Resistance Classification. SBS shingles achieved the highest rating possible in the most stringent impact test for shingles, a Class 4 designation. That means in a hailstone simulation it stood up to 144 kph without damage.
- Good Choice in Cold Temps. One of the tests of a roof’s seal is extremes in weather, like extreme heat or as we see often in Canada, extreme cold. The freeze and thaw cycle, the ups and downs on the thermometer, weakens the seal and can allow moisture in. SBS remains flexible down to zero degrees and the adhesive properties that join the individual shingles together remain intact much better than a standard laminate shingle.
As in any kind of specialized roofing materials, you want to select a roofer you can trust who knows how to properly install the new technology. After all, improper installation could void a manufacturer’s warranty.
With Perfect Pitch Roofing & Exteriors, you know your investment will be installed correctly. Call us today at 519-200-6063 to find out whether SBS modified shingles make sense for your home.