Protect Your Home and Family with Impact Resistant Roofing


Impact Resistant Roofing and HailYou have a lot of options when it comes time to select a new roof. Do you go with eye-catching dimensional shingles sure to make you the envy of your neighbors, or perhaps the modern appeal of a metal roof – unique and striking?

Today, we see more and more home and business owners opting for an impact-resistant roof. In this blog, we’ll look at what makes a roof impact resistant. We’ll also look at the reasons why selecting an impact resistant roof is a smart decision and how you can save money with your new roof.

What is Impact Resistant Roofing?

Impact resistant roofing can come in many shapes and sizes. For example, metal roofing is inherently resistant to impacts that might severely damage an asphalt roof, and some asphalt shingles are designed to be more durable, but they aren’t truly impact resistant.

Impact resistant shingles, also known as “rubberized” shingles, are more flexible than typical shingles. Impact resistant shingles can be made of asphalt, copper, resin, plastic, and aluminum, but typically, they are made from SBS-modified asphalt, designed with a thermo plastic elastomer offering abrasion resistance and more stability when mixed with bitumen. The result – they can better absorb the impact from weather events like hail and are more flexible and elastic in the cold.

Currently, Certainteed offers one of the most stylish and highest performing impact resistant shingles on the market – the Northgate. See here for more information on the Northgate shingle and why impact resistant shingles are the roofing of choice for many homeowners.

How Impact Resistant Roofing Can Help

The roofing industry offers a rating scale for impact resistance. Shingles with a Class 4 rating have an impact resistance rating of at least UL 2218, a rating based on a test using steel balls dropped from a height to simulate possible damage from hail. A rating of UL 2218 is currently the best rating possible, providing enhanced protection from hail and weather events including wind up to 110 mph.

Beyond the benefits of additional roofing protection for your home and family, many areas are now requiring impact resistant shingle, adding the requirement to building codes. Many insurance companies also offer a discount to home insurance and premiums with the installation of an impact resistant roof – saving you money every year for the life of your home. Contact your insurance agent for more information.

If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about impact resistant shingles, contact your local roofing expert.

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