What Are Impact Resistant Shingles?

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Can Your Roof Benefit From Impact Resistant Shingles?

If you have ever been hit by a hail storm, you already know just how destructive they can be. However, do you know exactly how severely traditional shingles can be damage by hail?

Traditional shingles can break on the inside after being struck by hail, without showing exterior damages. Many Americans were forced to replace their entire roofs after severe hail storms last year, but what if another hail storm hits the new roofs? Today we will discuss a product called impact resistant shingles, and how they can provide more effective protection from hail and other falling objects.

What Are Impact Resistant Shingles?

As expected, impact resistant shingles are true to their title, in that they’re able to handle hail storms without cracking on impact. With traditional shingles, hail often causes damage to the top of a shingle, along with the fiberglass matting underneath.

Impact resistant shingles, however, are able to handle hail falling without sustaining damage on the surface, or the mat underneath. There are a few varying ways that shingles are checked for durability, but all include dropping a two inch or larger ball from a measured height. In order to pass as high quality enough for use, the shingle as well as the fiberglass matting must be undamaged by the ball.

Essentially, impact resistant shingles will still effectively protect your  roof, even after suffering through a barrage of hail stones. If you are interested in learning more, or if you would like to speak to a roofing expert about your options for residential roofing, give us a call today at 303-668-7834!