Choosing Impact Resistant Roofing
Your house is the biggest purchase of your life, and the roof is arguably the most important part of your home, at least structurally. So, it makes sense to ensure that your roof is as strong and durable as possible; that’s why it’s important to understand Impact Resistant Roofing ratings.
What are Impact Resistant Roofing Ratings?
In basic terms, the shingles used for roofing receive a rating based on their ability to withstand force and resist impact. This rating is known as an Impact Resistant (IR) Shingle Rating. The higher the rating, the more durable and impact-resistant the shingle, with a score of 4 being the highest possible rating.
The Testing Process for IR Ratings
The industry-standard test used to determine the IR rating of shingles is known as the “steel ball test.” The process involves dropping a weighted steel ball onto the shingles from a height to determine at what force the shingles will crack, break, or otherwise be compromised.
The Different Ratings Explained
To receive a class 4 rating, the shingles must be able to withstand the force of a 2-inch steel ball being dropped from a height of 20 feet without breaking. So the lower the IR rating is, the less force is required for the ball to damage the shingles, with class 3 also being reasonably strong, but classes 2 and 1 each being comparatively less impact resistant.
Although class 4 shingles are more expensive, they can actually be cheaper in the long run because having class 4 shingles can, in some cases, save you up to 30 percent on your home insurance, which can add up quickly.
If you want to give your home or business the best protection possible from falling objects, debris, and elements, then choosing shingles with a high Impact Resistant (IR) rating is a wise investment. Not only will you have peace of mind knowing that your roof will hold up, but you may even save a ton of money in the process.
To learn more about your options for impact-resistant roofing, contact Horn Brothers Roofing.