Impact Resistant Roofs

Top of the day! It’s Eco, your friendly frog-with-a-blog back to shed a little light on ways you can save a little green. Some ideas are fairly obvious. Like don’t buy an SUV that’s three feet longer than the average garage when gas prices are sky high. But other ways to save may be a little more elusive. Like the next time you put a roof onto your home, give serious consideration to using impact-resistant roofing materials.  Any reputable roofing company will have them.

Every year, wind and hail wreak havoc on roofs. The insurance claims register literally in the billions of dollars. Since 1980, there have been roughly 3,000 hailstorms a year in the U.S. And while 42% of those have taken place in what’s affectionately called the Hail Belt (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska), that doesn’t mean if you live elsewhere that you’re out of harm’s way.

In fact, the state of Colorado has the most hailstorms with large-sized hail–which is classified as being over 1.5 inches in diameter. And, no, even though my eyes are pretty darned big, they’re nowhere close to being that size. For frame of reference, a golf ball measures 1.68 inches in diameter. So it’s easy to imagine anything that big pounding into your home is going to do some serious damage.

But there is something you can do to fight back. Choose any of the new breed of shingles that are specially designed to be impact-resistant. How do they know? They test them.

A scientific group called Underwriters Laboratory conducts a test called UL 2218, which consists of dropping a series of different sized steel balls onto different roofing materials to see how well they can stand up to impact. Those test results are then passed along to the American Society of Testing and Materials who assigns each product with a rating, from Class 1 all the way up to Class 4, with Class 4 being the most resistant to impact. At Excel Roofing, we generally recommend going with at least a Class 3 if not a Class 4 roofing material.

Going with a Class 4 shingle could save you from the headache of having to replace your roof after a storm–and paying that deductible.  Better yet, your homeowner’s insurance might give you a sizable discount on your premium for being hail-resistant. Hail to the discount.

We’ll delve into those numbers next time, but I best be hopping along. All this talk of hail has soft-headed ol’ me, thinking maybe I ought to invest in a little protective headgear. After all, golf-ball sized hail isn’t generally polite enough to holler “Fore!” before it comes flying in.


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