There may not exactly be a hail-resistant roofing material to protect your home, but ensuring your roof is sturdy enough can make a significant difference. During a hailstorm, pieces of ice can crash on your roof at high speeds. Over time, this weakens the parts of your roofing system and may even call for major repairs or a complete replacement.
Protection Against Hailstorms
It can be noted that the UL 2218: Standard for Impact Resistance of Prepared Roof Covering Materials is a common test for determining the effectiveness of a roofing material against hail damage. It utilizes a steel ball to impact different locations of a roofing system, including edges, seams or unsupported joints or sections.
Roofing contractors and most experts suggest this Class 4 UL2218 rating as the highest level of protection a roofing material can give. Metal roofing panels usually have Class 3 or 4 ratings. This means that quality standing seam metal or metal shingle roofs are less likely to experience penetrations and damages.
Finding the Right Option
It definitely pays to invest in a durable roofing system if you live in a place prone to hail storms, but keep in mind that choosing the right underlayment matters as well. Like roofing shingles, underlayment materials are also tested for impact.
People usually pay more attention to deciding which roofing material they should choose without considering the underlayment. However, homeowners must be aware that underlayments are also designed to protect your home against extreme weather conditions with high winds and even fire.
If a storm, wind or other catastrophe damages your roof, make sure your first call is to roofing company Crown Roofing at (604) 370-6288. Our emergency response team will conduct a rapid inspection and perform short-term roof repairs to minimize any damage. Then, we’ll provide a complete recovery plan to help restore your BC roof to its original condition. You can also fill out our contact form for an estimate.