Picking the Right Roof to Reduce Hail Damage

Jun 8, 2020 | Roofing

Hail damage is one of the most common causes of roof damage in many homes across the United States. Even if hail is caused by cold weather and thunderstorm updrafts, they actually occur all year-round and you should always be prepared for it. They occur in the summer due to the stronger updrafts caused by the warm, humid air which can cause hail damage.

In this blog, roof replacement contractors, Turner Home Improvement, discusses how picking the right roof reduces hail damage to your home.

Why Get a Durable Roofing System?

At the moment, the International Building Code, or the governing body on building codes currently doesn’t include impact resistance as a criterion for rating roofing materials. If you are in a hailstorm prone area, we strongly recommend investing in a strong and durable roofing system. Your contractor probably has a few recommendations in mind if you do ask them. In fact, if your roof sustained significant hail damage, it could reduce its lifespan by around 10 years. This just goes to show how important it is to invest in a roofing system that can withstand the elements.

In case you have to file for an insurance claim to cover your hail damage to your roofing, siding, and windows, it may not be as easy as other cases. This is because hail damage looks similar to popped roof blisters caused by excessive heat in your attic which makes it difficult for your insurance provider to accurately distinguish the source of the damage. In some cases, they’ll have an inspector check your damaged roof and make an assessment. Some of them can approve it, or some of them can list them as “cosmetic” damage.

What’s a Durable Roofing System?

Before you choose a roof to install, be on the lookout for roofs that are by FM 4473 or UL 2218 as either Class 3 or 4 which indicates that a roof holds up well against impact damage like hail.

Listed in order are the strongest durability of the most popular roofing materials in the market:

  1. Metal
  2. Slate
  3. Tile
  4. Asphalt

Keep in mind that this isn’t a hard and fast ranking since you need to double-check your roof’s impact resistance ratings before you install them.

Looking for capable roofing contractors? trust in Turner Home Improvement! We have been in the roofing business since 1955. We treat our clients like we would our own family. Call us at (860) 633-1400 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate!