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  • What can endure Hail? Class 4 Impact Resistance

    Are class 4 shingles worth it?

    As the temperature rises and spring is now upon us, soon summer will come and with warmer weather brings the annual season of potential hail storms. These storms have cost Alberta hundreds of millions of dollars.

    In this article, we will review impact resistant shingles/products. What does a class 4 rating mean? Are there hail resistant shingles?

    After a significant storm the main area of damage results within buildings and vehicles. So,

    1. What can happen to your roof?

    Depending on what type of roof product you have installed, homes with a standard asphalt shingle that are not hail resistant will display the following damage:

    Hail Damage Characteristic

    2. What are some of the best class 4 shingles and other roof products/manufacturers that are impact resistant?

    a) IKO Cambridge IR

    b) BP Vanguard 42 IR

    c) Timberline Armorshield II

    d) Euroshield

    3. Is there a 3rd party standardized testing for hail impact?

    Yes, there is. It’s called the UL 2218.

    The institute of Business and Home Safety(IBHS) and the Underwriter’s Laboratory(UL) developed a national standard for roof impact resistance. This standard is based on a class system from one to four. The testing procedure is called the UL 2218 which uses up to a 2-inch steel ball dropping from 20 feet. The illustration below shows what a class 4 rating is:

    Class 4 IR Infographic

     

    Watch this test performed by an independent firm Haag Research & Testing here.

    4. Hail storms are here to stay, so what will you do for your roof?

    If you have been a victim of a past hail storm or want to ensure you have added protection for the roof, give us a shout. We know about some of the longest lasting roofing products available on the market that can stand up against hail and wind. One of our experienced estimators would be happy to find a product that’s right for you, CONTACT US TODAY