Do I Need an Impact-Resistant Roof?

Denver Class IV Impact Resistant Roof Shingles

In recent years, impact resistant roofing materials have been getting more attention. Roof material manufacturers have invested heavily into creating more durable roof products. It’s more common now to see roofing materials labeled as class III or class IV impact resistant. But what does that mean, and should you have it on your own home?

What are impact-resistant roofing products?

Impact-resistant shingles and tiles are designed to withstand impact from hail and other debris without damage. Hail is a threat to roofs in Colorado, which had the 2nd most hail-related property claims in 2019 according to insurancejournal.com. Hail stones of 1” or larger can damage your roof by causing granules to detach and exposing the asphalt material to harmful UV rays, or by cracking the fiberglass shingle mat. Both of which are known to reduce your roof’s lifespan and potentially cause leaks. Having impact-resistant roofing on your Denver home can reduce this risk.

Impact-resistant roofing materials can include traditional asphalt shingles, synthetic shingles, synthetic tiles, concrete and clay tile, and metal roofing. Due to the amount of hail we receive, most any qualified, professional Denver roofing company will be able to advise what products are available that meet class III or class IV impact resistance ratings.

How are impact-resistant roofing products rated?

The agency that tests and rates roofing products for their impact-resistant qualities is Underwriters Laboratories (UL). In UL’s roofing tests, 1.5” and 2.0” steel balls are dropped from a height of 20 feet. The materials’ ability to absorb the steel ball impact without damage is what determines the UL rating between 1 and 4, with 4 being the best impact resistance available.

Are impact-resistant roofing products worth it?

While impact-resistant shingles and other materials may have a higher cost, they will likely need to be replaced less frequently which can save money in the long-run. The average lifespan of many roofs is around 20 years, but in Denver, without impact-resistant roofing, many homeowners must replace their roof every 7-10 years due to storm damage.

You also may end up saving money on your homeowners insurance premium by installing an impact-resistant roof. Check with your insurance agent whether you would be eligible for savings.

What are my options for impact-resistant roofing?

Some of our favorite impact-resistant roofing products for Denver roofs are:

When you’re ready to discuss your roofing options, get in touch with the team at Sol Vista to get professional, expert advice.