Hail damage is one of the leading causes of roofing damage on American homes. Despite its appearance, hail happens all year round, and you should always be prepared for it. It forms via updrafts that carry water droplets that freeze mid-air. In the summer, the hot air can create stronger updrafts, which increase the likelihood of hail. With that said, it’s important to choose the right roof to protect your home from damage.
Why Invest in a Durable Roofing System?
As of writing, the International Building Code (IBC) doesn’t include impact resistance in the selection of roofing materials. If you live in an area that is prone to hail damage, be sure to consider investing in a durable roofing system. You can consult your contractor and ask which kind of roofs can take a beating. In fact, hail damage can reduce your roof’s lifespan to around 10 years so it’s imperative that you install a durable roofing system.
If you have to make an insurance claim to cover your hail and storm damage repair, it’s not as simple as other roof damage cases. Unlike storm damage, hail damage can manifest as popped roof blisters so it’s more difficult for your insurance company to distinguish the cause of the damage. Most of the time, the company enlists professional inspectors to inspect the extent of the damage and could cause delays as some insurance providers do not cover it if they deem the damage only as “cosmetic”.
What’s a Durable Roofing System?
Ask your roofing contractors about the roof they’re about to install. When canvassing for roofs, be sure to look for systems that are rated by FM 4473 or UL 2218 as either Class 3 or 4. These ratings are used to measure how impact-resistant a roof is.
Rated in order, are the durability of the most common roofing materials in the market:
While this isn’t a bulletproof ranking, it’s still better to double-check your selected roof’s rating and see how well it measures up against hail and impact damage.
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