Many contemporary roofing systems are rated for hail resistance. The scale is generally 1 thru 4, which conveys the size of hail that has been tested on sample of roofing material to let you the consumer know what the given material can withstand. In terms of ratings, always look for class 4 hail impact resistant roofing products if your home is located in a hail prone area.
Roofs and siding on your home are continually vulnerable to hail damage, especially in hail-prone states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and other areas. Fortunately, restoration of a hail-damaged roof is both attainable and economically feasible.
Note: While many asphalt shingle roofing products may carry Class 4 hail impact resistance ratings, no asphalt shingle manufacturer provides an actual warranty coverage on their class 4 AR (impact resistant shingles).
In other words, while class 4 rated asphalt shingle products will provide some additional degree of protection from hail damage impact, no asphalt shingle manufacturer will offer warranty coverage in case of hail damage.
That said, if you can get a discount from your homeowner’s insurance company for a hail-rated roof shingles, then the extra expense will likely be well worth it.
If the actual warranty coverage (not just the rating) on class 4 rated, impact resistant roofing product is a must-have, then consider going with a hail-damage warrantied roofing product such as metal and stone coated steel tiles.
Diagnosing the Problem and Assessing the Roof for Hail Damage
Before any restoration work is even considered, the extent of the damage to the roof needs to be determined. Damage from hail to a roof can be stealthy and invisible from the ground.
With golf ball sized hail or larger, you’ll see noticeable signs of destruction to siding, gutters, or windows. In that situation, it’s probably a given that the roof also has some extent of damage.
Did you know? When hail is closer to quarter size, and up to golf ball sized hail, detection of damage from the ground level is difficult to assess.