Preparing for the Storm

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Preparing for the Storm

Roofing systems are exposed to everything that Mother Nature has to throw at it. Blistering heat, frigid cold and hurricane-speed winds to name a few. But new technologies in roofing systems are focusing on impact resistance, or IR technology. This technology equips roofing materials to take the brunt force of one element that they had not previously been able to, hail damage. For a marginal cost increase, homeowners can now have peace of mind for one more damaging element facing their roofing system. 

The technology behind IR shingles varies between manufacturers and the rating scale goes from a class one rating all the way up to the highest class four rating. The rating scale is based on tests that use steel ball bearings that range in size from 1.25 inches - 2.00 inches that are dropped onto the shingle twice from heights that vary from 12ft-20ft. To get the class 4 rating, the shingle is subjected to a 2 inch ball bearing impacting the same part of the shingle twice from 20ft. In order to pass the test, the shingle can show no signs of tearing or cracking. Manufacturers use a variety of methods in order to get the class 4 rating. The most common technologies are the modification of shingles using either polymers to enhance the durability of the asphalt in the shingle, or the use of a padded backer to absorb and hold the shingle together. Impact rating is one more feature that should be considered when looking at a new roofing system.

When looking at the options for a new roofing system, most people focus on appearance, durability and cost. Not all homeowners prioritize in this order, but these three factors tend to be high on their list. While IR shingles cost slightly more than the typical roofing system, the performance and the longevity are significantly better. Some insurance companies offer annual discounts for using a class 4 hail resistant product. But the main benefit and saving to the homeowner would come in the form of life cycle costing. Over a 20-30 year span, the chances of having a significant hail storm is quite high. The real cost savings to the homeowner occurs when their roof survives one, or multiple hail storms and the homeowner does not have the hassle of placing an insurance claim, paying their deductible and dealing with increased premiums. In most cases, the savings of not having to place one hail claim for your roof would more than cover the increased cost of an IR roofing system. 

Multiple factors come into play when considering what type of roofing system is right for you. With the introduction and confusion surrounding “Limited Lifetime” warranties, most homeowners want to believe that their roof will last for 50 years no matter what. This time frame is not realistic, especially in Saskatchewan and the vast majority of “Limited Lifetime” shingles do not have a hail rating at all. To get the most out of your next roofing system, avoid focusing solely on cost and warranties. But rather take all aspects of quality, durability and real world performance into consideration.

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