How Do I Know If I Have Impact Resistant Shingles?

Impact Resistant Shingles

How do I know if I have impact resistant shingles?

Homeowners like impact resistant shingles for many reasons. They like them primarily because they protect from hail damage so well. But, they also favor these shingles because they look like regular shingles. This can be a problem, however, if you are unsure your home has these types of shingles. A roof inspection might be warranted, as roofing professionals are trained to identify these types of shingles. 

In general, though, these shingles are much thicker even than standard architectural or composite shingles, and certainly thicker than standard 3-tab shingles. Usually, to thicken the shingles, polymers are added to the asphalt. These shingles may be heavier than typical shingles as well. Also, when shingles are bundled together, a strip of cellophane is placed between individual layers to protect them from damage. The cellophane will have the Underwriters Laboratories impact resistance classification will be marked on the cellophane. For the shingles to be impact resistant, they will receive a Class 4 rating.

If you’re interested in installing impact resistant shingles in Olathe, KS, look to the professionals at VISION CONSTRUCTION. We offer a full range of roofing solutions for you. Call us at 888-360-8474 for an estimate.

What qualifies as an impact resistant roof?

When the Underwriters Laboratories test shingles to determine impact resistance, they classify the shingles as either Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, or Class 4. All impact resistant shingles are Class 4, but what does this mean? Shingles are tested by dropping steel balls of varying sizes on them that imitate the force of a hail strike. The classifications are as follows:

  • Class 1: Withstands the impact of 1 ¼-inch steel ball dropped from 12 feet.
  • Class 2: Withstands the impact of 1 ½-inch steel ball dropped from 15 feet.
  • Class 3: Withstands the impact of a 1 ¾-inch steel ball dropped from 17 feet.
  • Class 4: Withstands the impact of a 2-inch steel ball dropped from 20 feet.

How long do impact resistant shingles last?

Under ideal conditions, impact resistant shingles should last about 30 years. As with other types of roofs, for these shingles to last, they’ll require appropriate maintenance and upkeep. And, of course, like other shingles, impact resistant shingles age and wear.

Are impact resistant shingles worth the money?

If you are thinking about investing in impact resistant shingles you’ll want to consider their pros and cons. You’ll want to know what the disadvantages of impact resistant shingles are over standard shingle roofing. The primary disadvantage is the upfront cost. You might end up paying anywhere between 10% to 20% more for these shingles than you would standard shingles, although sometimes these costs can be offset because some insurers offer discounts for these shingles.  

Many people choose these shingles over standard shingles because their roofs have been damaged in severe weather. They want to lessen the chances of having to pay for expensive repairs or replacement the next time a hail storm hits. If you live in an area where hail and high winds hit frequently, you’ll definitely be at an advantage with these shingles.

Impact resistant shingles vs metal roof

If you are looking for hail protection both impact resistant shingles and metal roofs offer plenty of it as they are Class 4 materials. Why would you want to choose metal over shingles? Cost may play a big role. Although you’ll be better protected from fire with a metal roof, you’re likely still going to pay more to install a metal roof than for shingles. Moreover, unless the metal roof is insulated, it will be very noisy when it hails, and because hail can dent the metal, the roof might end up less aesthetically appealing after a storm.

Impact resistant shingles insurance discount

Many insurers offer discounts for qualifying impact resistant roofing materials. If you are thinking about impact resistant shingles for your home, check with your insurer to see what discounts, if any, are available and to learn how you can qualify for them.

Are class 3 shingles impact resistant?

Technically, all shingles provide some form of impact resistance when it comes to hail damage. When tested, for instance, Class 3 shingles can hold up against the impact of a 1 ¾-inch steel ball dropped from 17 feet. This is significant protection, but to qualify as impact resistant shingles, your shingles must have a Class 4 resistance rating from the Underwriters Laboratories.

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Impact resistant shingles colors

Like standard roofing shingles, most manufacturers produce impact resistant shingles in a variety of colors that will suit any home design. Check with local roofing contractors to see what brands they carry and what colors and styles you can select. Most reliable roofing contractors will offer a wide variety of colors and styles and can help you select the right roofing material for your home. When you choose VISION CONSTRUCTION for your next roofing project, you’ll find we offer a wide assortment of options when it comes to impact resistant shingles in Olathe, KS. Find out more by calling us at 888-360-8474