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The Importance of Class 4 Impact Roof Rated Materials

3-18-2014 | George Hart

Your roof provides your shelter with essential protection from the elements.  It can be stressful to deal with costly and time-consuming repairs or full-roof replacement. At American Roofing & Metal we understand your concerns, and we take a personal interest in helping you protect what you value most. Your shelter!

On this blog, you'll find information about impact-resistant roofing materials that can help prevent future storm damage. If you have specific questions about your roofing claim, or the information presented on this blog, we are always available to help you.

Protecting your home with impact-resistant roofing materials
If you are tired of replacing your roof after every hail storm then you might want to consider using class 4 impact-resistant roofing materials. Not only do impact-resistant roofs help protect against storm damage, they can also qualify you for substantial insurance credits.

What does impact-resistant mean?
Essentially, "impact-resistant" means a roof is capable of withstanding impacts from steel balls as large as two inches in diameter.  

Where can I research impact-resistant roofing materials, manufacturers, and dealers?
First, ask local roofers what impact-resistant materials--specifically UL 2218 Class 4--they have available for purchase, and what brands they would recommend.

If you are replacing your asphalt or wood shingle roof, you may want to consider replacing your roof with a more permanent roofing material, such as metal, synthetic, stone, or tile. Many of these rigid roof types are impact resistant, qualify for insurance credits, and may have additional coverage options.

Ask the sales representative to provide you with the information about the following impact- resistant products:

  • Real Slate
  • Synthetic Slate
  • Real Tile
  • Standing Seem Metal
  • Most shingle manufactures have impact resident shingles as well

Insurance Company Concerns:
Insurance companies will attempt to only cover the worth of the roof at the time a claim is made--meaning, their goal is to get away from paying for full roof replacements. This could leave some homeowners with very high deductibles, and if you don't have the funds to replace the roof, your shelter is going to be exposed to the weather elements.


George Hart

George Hart | VP Residential Division

George has been at American Roofing & Metal Co. for 16 years. He started out as a helper on a residential roofing crew and was quickly promoted through the company to his current position as Vice President of Residential Sales.