Atlas Architectural Roofing Shingles: The Top 3 Options

When it comes to roof shingles, an architectural style is a popular choice. Moreover, it’s not too hard to see why. These shingles have a beveled appearance that conveys style and sophistication. The team at GPro sources our materials exclusively from the industry’s best shingles manufacturer. That manufacturer is Atlas Roofing. Of course, you have other options too. Slate and three-tab shingles, for example,  bring their own set of benefits. But in this post, I’ve compiled our top 3 choices for Atlas architectural roofing shingles.

Atlas Architectural Roofing Shingles

Two GPro Exteriors employees installing Atlas architectural shingles on a roof.

We’ll go by price, starting with the very best option for beauty on a budget…

ProLam™ — The Value Pick From Atlas Architectural Roofing Shingles

The ProLam™ offers a lot to homeowners while remaining relatively affordable. For example, it is the only “value” model of Atlas roof shingles we use that comes standard with a lifetime limited warranty from the manufacturer. This is the same powerful warranty that comes with the highest-end Atlas Roofing shingles such as the StormMaster series. Moreover, at 130 mph wind resistance, the ProLam is also built to withstand wind speeds more than twice as high as its three-tab equivalent. In other words, these are great architectural shingles for the value.

Key Features

  1. Lifetime Limited Warranty
  2. Signature Select Eligibility
  3. 130 mph wind resistance
  4. Algae-Resistant Materials

ProLam™ Color Options

Black Shadow, Burnt Sienna, Desert Shake, Hearthstone Gray, Heather, Pewter, Weathered Wood.

Pinnacle Pristine® — The Designer Pick From Atlas Architectural Roofing Shingles

These fiberglass shingles provide the strength and warranty protection of the ProLam™. But they also have a little bit better algae protection. Sporting a Scotchgard Protector, these shingles combat the nasty black streaks that can damage a home’s value over time. In addition to that, these shingles qualify as a Holmes Approved Product. Roofing contractors in Columbus, Ohio or wherever else you go will tell you that a Holmes stamp of approval really means something in this industry. But one of the coolest things about the Pinnacle Pristine® model of Atlas architectural roofing shingles is the vast and varied choice of colors. The “Natural Expressions” color line means that there’s truly something stunning for every style of home.

Key Features

  1. Lifetime Limited Warranty
  2. Signature Select Eligibility
  3. 130 mph wind resistance
  4. Scotchgard Protector
  5. Holmes Approved Product
  6. Natural Expressions Color Scheme Options

Pinnacle Pristine® Color Options

Coastal Granite, Copper Canyon, Majestic Shake, Morning Harvest, Summer Storm, Pristine Black, Pristine Desert, Pristine Green, Pristine Hearthstone, Pristine Heather, Pristine Hickory, Pristine Oyster, Pristine Pearl, Pristine Pewter, Pristine Sienna, Pristine Sunset, Pristine Tan, Pristine Weathered Shadow, & Pristine Weathered Wood.

 

StormMaster Shake® — The Premium Pick From Atlas Architectural Roofing

Now for the crème de la crème of Atlas architectural roofing shingles: the StormMaster Shake®. On top of boasting all the key features of the Pinnacle Pristine® line, these roofing shingles take things up another notch. For example, StormMaster Shake® has the highest wind resistance rating on the market. To put it simply, if Dorothy’s aunt and uncle would have had their local roofers install these, there wouldn’t have been a movie.

Additionally, Core4 technology means you get thermal stability, extreme weather resistance, modified polymer technology, and superior flexibility and toughness. It’s class 4 impact resistance means you’re almost certainly looking at a discount on your insurance rates if you live in Ohio or Michigan. Regardless, our team of licensed insurance adjusters can help you get the most money possible whenever it comes to a roof repair or roof shingles repair.

Key Features

  1. Signature Select Warranty Eligibility
  2. Lifetime Limited Warranty
  3. Wind Resistant up to 150 miles per hour
  4. Scotchgard Protector
  5. Holmes Approved Product
  6. Class 4 Impact Resistant (may lead to discounts on your insurance)
  7. Core4 Enhanced Polymer Technology
  8. Natural Expression Color Options

StormMaster Shake® Color Options

Black Shadow, Chestnut, Copper Canyon, Hearthstone Gray, Highland Brown, Majestic Shake, Morning Harvest, Pewter, Silver Stone, Weathered Wood.

The Final Word on Atlas Architectural Roofing Shingles

As an Atlas Pro Installer, GPro Exteriors is equipped with the best roofing shingles under the sun. It’s because of our years of experience that we trust Atlas Roofing. So when it comes to Atlas architectural roofing shingles, you can rest easy knowing whichever of these choices you go with, they’re going to last you a lifetime.

Roof Shingles Damaged by Wind? Here’s How to Check

A heavy wind can take down trees and toss debris all over your yard. Worse yet, heavy enough winds can do damage to your roof. If you’ve had a big storm in your area, you may be concerned that your roof shingles were damaged by the wind. It’s definitely wise to check. For this reason, you should take a look below at some of the easiest ways for homeowners to check a roof for wind damage.

Wind storm bending a tree

3 Ways to Check For Damaged Roof Shingles

According to a report from the National Weather Service, there were over 16,000 cases of severe windstorms in the United States in 2019, with Ohio coming in 7th out of all 50 states. In other words, wind damage can be a real issue for Ohio homeowners.

Gauge Wind Speed

Whew! The storm’s over. So what now? Superstorm Restoration over in Iowa suggests checking that wind speed, and we agree! They have a wind speed damage infographic (scroll down a tad) that gives some helpful numbers. These should guide you in assessing the risk to your roof shingles.

Wind speeds can be a huge indicator of whether your roof shingles were damaged in bad weather. However, you can’t exactly walk outside with a radar gun in the middle of a storm to check speeds. Luckily, you can find past weather reports for Columbus, Detroit, and beyond at LocalConditions.com.

Find out how bad the storm really was, compare it to a metric for dangerous wind speeds, and you’ll have a better idea of whether or not you’re looking at a serious roof repair.

Pro Tip: As our friends over at Owens Corning point out, different types of shingles are manufactured for different wind speeds. GPro Exteriors is an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. This means we have a reputation for high-quality service and materials. By way of example, our StormMaster Shake shingles are warrantied for up to 150 mph. For reference, that’s faster than Hurricane Florence’s top recorded wind speed. 💨

StormMaster Shake roof shingles
Atlas roof shingles are the best in the business. Bar none.

DIY Damage Check

Just as you can when checking your roof for hail damage, it never hurts to do a DIY examination before you call for a free roof repair estimate. See if your roof shingles show obvious signs of damage. Is anything immediately visible from the ground? If you have a ladder and can use it safely, climb up to the gutter level. At the very least after that, you’ll have your own information to take into any conversations should you need to find a contractor or hire a local roofing company.

Lastly, a simple perimeter sweep may reveal broken shingles or roofing materials in your yard. Depending on how bad the winds and how well-installed your shingles, you may find something. Detached roofing material is, of course, an indicator that some damage has been done. But only a roofing professional will be able to quickly tell you the extent of it.

 

Damaged roof shingles
Missing roof shingles are a clear sign of roof damage.

Get a Free Drone Estimate

If you suspect a problem with your roof, there’s no reason not to get a drone estimate. The best option is the one that requires no money, time, or obligation, and that’s exactly what a drone quote is. In addition, there are a variety of less obvious benefits to drone estimates for roof repairs, not the least of which being social distancing during the pandemic.

None of this is intended to discourage you from doing the previous steps though. Do those too! The more you know the better. At the end of the day, however, there’s only one way to get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your roof is in perfect shape. So whether it’s a roof leak, missing roof shingles, or a full roof repair, the wise move is always to have a roofing pro take a look.

Man in a baseball cap holding a drone

 

Check Your Roof for Hail Damage in 3 Steps

When your home goes through a hailstorm, your roof can take a real beating. We all know the damage hailstones can do, so it’s wise to check your roof for hail damage if you’ve had a storm where you live. As weather.com mentions in reference to a report from the National Weather Service, there were 5,396 incidents of severe weather involving hailstorms in the United States in 2019. That’s a lot of potential for damage to a home in general and roof shingles specifically.

Your roof is arguably the most important structural part of your home. As is the case with all exterior materials (siding, gutters, windows, etc.), a little damage one day can lead to a lot more down the road if untreated. It can save homeowners a lot of money to catch these things early. So if you’re concerned about a bad storm and think you may need a roof repair, here’s how you. can tell for sure if you have hail damage.

roof of home
Is your roof safe from hail damage?

Roof damaged by hail? These 3 steps will help you check.

 

Step #1: Check the Size of the Hail that Hit Your Roof

When we want to know about hail, we look to Kansas. According to the same National Weather Service report we looked at above, Kansas and Texas lead the states in the hail category by a pretty big margin, with Texas pulling a whopping 872 incidents of severe hail, and Kansas coming in at 538. When you consider that Texas is more than three times the size of Kansas, that puts it into perspective. So going to the geographical experts, we can see in a hailstone size breakdown from Kansas City’s Volta Roofing that if the hail you find after a storm is the size of a dime or larger, your roof has almost certainly sustained damage.

measuring hail to check for roof damage

Quick Tip for Midwesterners with Hail Damage: The wide variety of weather-resistant options we offer at GPro Exteriors comes EXCLUSIVELY from the industry’s leading roof shingles manufacturer. To give our customers the best possible result, we take the time to get each of our roofers trained in the installation technique by that manufacturer. We also have licensed insurance adjusters that will go to bat with your insurance company to make sure you’re getting the cost coverage you deserve. So if you end up needing a roof repair or you’re worried about your new roof cost, it may not be half as bad as you think. In many cases, installing new roof shingles ends up costing our customers next to nothing. Hard to beat that! Throw in our lifetime labor and home guarantee on shingle installations, and GPro customers get to rest pretty easy. Even if another hailstorm hits someday. ☃️

Step #2: Check the Roof Shingles in the Areas You Can See

Take a look at this article from the insurance company, Travelers, for some of the ways hail damage shows up on different types of shingles. It’s a helpful resource for assessing what you’re dealing with, pointing out that,  “…hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look very different than hail damage to wood shingles.” Knowing what you’re looking for will make your job easier. Then you can determine whether a call to your local exterior professionals for a roof repair estimate will be necessary.

If you feel comfortable and can do it safely, a ladder might give you a good enough vantage point to check your roof for hail damage If you don’t enjoy the idea of climbing, you can always try binoculars or if your home is low enough to the ground and you have some powerful peepers, you can try eyeballing it. 👀

While these can be helpful ways to confirm damage, they are not a test to definitively rule it out. You’re likely going to have parts of the roof that you can’t really see without getting someone up there who can test the health of the shingles. That’s where the search to find a contractor usually comes in. Due to the fact, that any reputable contractor will give you a free estimate, it’s really not too big of a deal to get someone out to take a look.

Step #3 Get a Free Drone Inspection for Hail Damage

The only real drawback to a free roofing estimate can be the time it takes out of your day. There’s finding the roofing contractor, making the call, deciding on a time slot, being there when the roofers show up… you know the drill. To be fair, roofing contractors in Columbus, Ohio are MUCH better at showing up on time than cable companies are 😉, but we understand that being stuck at home for any amount of time can be difficult for some customers’ schedules.

In an effort to make things easier (and safer during the current health crisis) for everyone, GPro Exteriors began offering free drone estimates. It’s SO much easier, quicker, and safer than the old way. Customers just text us an address and we send the little guy over. Our pros get HD footage of every square inch of your roof, ensuring that we get you the most accurate estimate possible. We’ll send you a quote on any recommended roofing repairs, or we’ll let you know, “Congrats, no damage here!” within hours.

Were the hailstones that hit your roof bigger than a dime? Can you not quite see all of your roof to tell? Maybe you just aren’t sure what kind of shingles are up there to know what exactly what you’re looking for. The first two steps are great preliminary ways to check your roof for hail damage, but if any exterior companies offer free drone estimates, that’s the most surefire way to know your roof is 100% okay. It’s the easiest thing you’ll do this week, and if you do happen to live in the Columbus or Detroit areas, send us a message. We’ll be happy to send ours your way whenever you’d like.