Hi all. We are getting a new roof for the house we just purchased. We originally decided on 30-year dimensional shingles (Pabco), but our contractor recommends we go for the 40-year shingles instead due to us being in a “high wind area”. We live in Seattle and it’s true that we do get some high winds and, on occasion, some nasty windstorms (last December, for example…). And the house is exposed to Puget Sound and is up a hill a ways, so I can imagine we will get more wind than a house in a valley.
The 40-year shingles are heavier and have a higher wind rating. My question is, is it worth the extra $500 to get these?
Our house is such that the roof is not really visible from the street (we almost never see it), so the nicer look of 40-year shingles is not a factor. I figure a roof leak due to wind could end up costing me $500, so I should probably just do it. Is that a reasonable course of action, or am I just wasting $500? The 30-year shingles are wind-rated up to 60 mph.