Hailstorms can cause catastrophic damage to roofs, especially when they are made from materials that aren’t designed to hold up to high-impact debris. The most effective way to minimize hail damage is to choose durable, hail-resistant roofing materials
. Here are the top hail-resistant roofing options
available for modern homes.
HAIL-RESISTANT IS NOT HAIL-PROOF
It’s important to remember that no roof is 100% immune to the damaging effects of an intense storm or some other catastrophic event. Even an extremely durable, well-built roof can suffer damage during a violent storm with large hail and heavy winds. That said, certain roofing materials are more resistant to hail damage than others.
WHAT MATERIALS HOLD UP BEST?
While certain roofing materials
hold up better in a hailstorm, they may not provide the desired aesthetic. Still, it’s important to know your options so you can make an informed decision. When it comes to remaining durable in harsh weather, the following materials tend to perform best:
Metal: Over the years, metal has become a popular roofing material because of its flexibility, durability, and reduced maintenance. Comprised of steel, metal roofing materials can replicate a variety of different styles, including steel shakes, shingles, and stone-coated steel. The latter option offers incredible durability and gorgeous aesthetics. While they do remain durable in hailstorms, metal roofs can develop subtle dents but are rarely noticed with stone coated steel. They also usually require skilled installers and are a pricier material option than traditional composite shingles.
Rubber/EPDM: The sturdiest roofing product when it comes to hailstones, much EPDM is made from recycled materials. While it can be used for flat roofing, rubber isn’t generally a good option for typical residential properties.
Impact-resistant shingles: As the name suggests, impact-resistant shingles are designed to be more resistant to impact than standard shingles. Many are tested at high wind speeds to ensure optimal resistance to hail and other impacts. To be “impact-rated” these materials are tested using the UL 2218 standard, which includes high-velocity impacts from steel balls at various locations. Considered a class 4 product, impact-resistant shingles can be made of steel, rubber, asphalt with SBS rubber, asphalt with special matting materials, aluminum, copper, and resin. Aside from hail impact, these materials can withstand high winds of up to 110 mph. Impact-resistant shingles are recommended for homes in areas that see frequent hailstorms or other higher-impact debris.
IS MORE PROTECTION REALLY BETTER?
When it comes to paying extra for a hail-resistant roof, there are some things to consider. While countless homeowners lose their roofs to hail and wind damage each year; some areas are more affected by severe storms than others.
Colorado homes often experience strong, damaging storms that result in costly roof repairs and replacement. This is especially true of homes at higher altitudes. These properties can benefit greatly from impact-resistant shingles because they provide long-term roof protection an reduce costs associated with repair and replacement.
While they do cost more initially, impact-resistant shingles can pay for themselves in the long run. Typically, these materials cost 10% to 20% more than their traditional non-impact counterparts. That said, they reduce a homeowner’s maintenance costs and help prevent premature roof replacement.
Many insurers also provide discounts to homeowners who have a Class 4 roof. This discount can often help offset the increased cost of these shingles.
MAKING A SMART CHOICE
If you walk through a typical residential neighborhood after a high-impact hailstorm, you are likely to see shingles strewn all over the ground. In the days that follow, you are also likely to see several homes with men on their roofs, either inspecting or repairing damage.
Hail damage can be very expensive, and the costs add up quite quickly. Even if the damage is relatively minor and doesn’t require total replacement, the total repair price can be considerable, especially if you live in an area that is prone to hail. What’s more, sometimes hail damage
can go unnoticed until a leak develops in a home’s attic. If it goes unnoticed, even a minor leak can cause thousands of dollars in damage, especially if it leads to mold
With that said, some people worry that they may have to sacrifice aesthetic if they choose a more durable roof. If you are concerned about balancing protection against potential hail damage with the aesthetic of your roof, it’s important to work with a reputable, experienced roofing contractor who knows how to strike a perfect harmony between beauty and durability.
For over two decades, National Home Improvement, Inc. has provided Colorado businesses and homeowners with beautiful, weather-resistant roofs that stand the test of time. Contact us for a free consultation and take steps to protect and beautify your most important investment.