Hail Resistant Shingles
Last Updated on Monday, 9 July 2012 11:36
Written by ahroofing
Monday, 9 July 2012 11:36
The only predictable thing about the weather in Colorado is that it is unpredictable. However, there is one element you can always be sure of in Colorado throughout the spring, summer, and fall: HAIL.
If you are a Colorado homeowner looking to protect your investment on your next roofing revamp, a logical and pragmatic consideration should be hail resistant shingles, especially when you consider wind and hail damage results in an average of $8 billion in insurance payouts each year.
For hail resistant standards one should look to the The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), a nonprofit association that engages in communication, education, engineering and research whose mission is to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters.
The IBHS tell us: “If you are replacing your roof covering with new asphalt shingles, make sure they have a Class 4 rating under Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) 2218 standard. A Class 4 rating tells you a sample of the product did not crack when hit twice in the same area by a two-inch steel ball. The UL 2218 standard is a useful method for testing impact resistance, but it isn’t perfect and works better for some roof coverings than for others.”
They go on to say, “It is very common, and quite acceptable, to install a second layer of shingles over one existing layer. However, if you are in a hail prone area we would suggest that you strip the existing layer of shingles, prior to installing a new layer. The shingles are more prone to hail and wind damage when a second layer is installed over the first.”
The biggest deterrence from investing in a hail resistant roof is in fact the cost of the investment itself. Some estimate it costs an average of $1200-1500 more than traditional shingle roofs (material costs only – labor costs would be the same).
Nonetheless, when youe roof does require replacement in the next few years, living in Colorado, you should consider products that reduce your exposure to loss from hail and make sure that the discount you receive on your insurance policy is enough to recoup some or all of the additional expenditure over a reasonable period of time.
The decision is not purely economic. You also have to consider the potential time, inconvenience and mess of replacing a damaged roof vs. having to do nothing at all, should a severe hail storm occur.
As with many decisions in life, knowledge is power; a consultation with A & H Roofing is a solid start in your decision making process. We have over 30 years combined experience helping prudent home owners, like yourself, keep their investments safe and looking great!