Impact Resistant Class 4 Roofing Materials – Why Some Are Better than Others
What is the Most Durable Roofing Material?
A “Class 4 Impact Resistance”, is the highest level of durability that is offered by the Underwriters Laboratories in their industry standardized impact resistance test (UL 2218). However, just because a roofing shingle has a Class 4 rating, it does not mean that it is the best or most durable roofing material available.
Rather than discussing the pros and cons of different roofing materials, some roofers and manufactures only cite standard impact ratings when describing the durability of their products. Thus, some individuals may erroneously think that one product is just as durable as another because they each have have been assigned a Class 4 impact rating.
To illustrate this point, the following pictures were taken in the same general area following a massive hail and wind storm:
The Stone Coated Steel roofs in this area out-preformed all other roofing materials hit by the storm.
For the ultimate in storm protection, choose a Stone Coated Steel roof manufactured by Unified Steel (Boral), Varitile, Tilcor, or DECRA. Composite Polymer roofs made by CeDUR, Brava and DaVinci Roofscapes are also an exceptional choice. Most homeowners will never need to replace their roof again if they install a Composite Polymer or Stone Coated Steel roof.
Stone Coated Metal is a steel core product that is manufactured to look like asphalt shingles, clay tile, or wood shake. Composite Polymer roofs are made from synthetic materials to look like wood shake, clay tile, or stone slate and are the most realistic looking options available. Both Stone Coated Steel and Composite Polymer products are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but they are better looking, and total expenditures may be lower when replacement costs, energy savings, and insurance discounts are considered.
Let one of the experts at Roofing Force give you a free estimate and help you choose the most optimal roof for your needs.
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