StormMaster SBS Shingles

Handled Well And Stored Right

Oliver Olinger, Writer
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Roofs are impacted by the very worst that Mother Nature can throw at us, ranging from hurricane-force winds to damaging hail, wind-driven rain, blizzards and high-heat conditions.

Suffice it to say, roofs need to be durable and resilient against the elements, all while adding curb appeal to a customer’s home. Atlas StormMaster® Shake and Slate impact-resistant shingles featuring Scotchgard™ Protector are made with SBS technology and provide superior protection as well as a sophisticated look.

Styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) is a polymer material that blends rubber with a tenacious plastic. SBS is added to asphalt roof shingles to create sturdy, enduring shingles with a UL 2218 High Impact Resistance Class 4 Rating, the highest rating available.

Storage And Transportation

Contractors who install StormMaster class 4 shingles with SBS should give special consideration to their handling, storage and transportation.

First, because of the pliability of shingles manufactured with SBS, distribution and contractors should avoid double or triple stacking pallets. “StormMaster shingles in double-stacked pallets can compress the SBS-modified shingles enough to secrete oil out of the asphalt,” said Paul Casseri, product manager, shingles and underlayment division for Atlas Roofing.


StormMaster shingles are designed to be installed in moderate weather between 50 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Atlas recommends that installation take place during the cooler parts of the day.

Contractors should be careful to avoid excessive foot traffic over installed roofing shingles, which can cause scuffing and other damage during the installation process. Atlas recommends temporarily tacking a 2-foot strip of felt to the bottom of the walk board so that the felt can absorb the foot traffic while protecting the SBS shingles. Many contractors will plan ahead to install each roof plane in a pattern that yields the least foot traffic when installing any SBS-modified product.

For additional details, consult the Atlas Roofing official January 2016 Technical Bulletin on StormMaster SBS Shingle Storage and Handling.