What Is the Best Roofing Material for Hail?

In the last decade, our state of Colorado has experienced record-breaking hailstorms that have caused billions of dollars in property damage, including damage to our commercial and residential roofs. Finding a roofing material that can handle the unpredictable hailstorms can make all the difference in the world and help prevent the inconvenience of having to get a roof replaced sooner than expected.

Investing in a high-quality roof that lasts through extreme weather will save you time, money, and insurance costs. This is why we suggest roofs that are both impact-resistant and durable.

Here are a few roofing options to choose from:

1. F-wave Roofs

F-wave roofs are incredibly light, durable, and low-maintenance. They can withstand winds of 130 miles-per-hour and have a class 4 hail rating. They are Class A fire-rated, can withstand heavy UV rays, and hold up against extreme weather conditions. Buyers have options of roofs that look like cedar shakes, slate, or asphalt. One of the best parts of the F-wave roof is that they are the only manufacturer to offer a hail warranty, which can come in handy living in Colorado. They provide Class IV Hail Impact Resistance Coverage for single-family detached structures for five years. 

2. Class 4 Roofs

Class 4 roofs are the highest impact rating roofs you can get. They can withstand hail as big as 2 inches. Because of this, you’ll spend less on maintenance and replacement costs over time. They are made from copper, plastic, aluminum, asphalt, or resin shingles. They can stand up to 110 mile-per-hour winds and they have an impact resistance rating of UL 2218, the highest in the industry. If you’re looking for long-term protection against damaging hail and wind, Class 4 roofs are the way to go. Additionally, multiple insurers offer discounts if you install this type of roof.

3. Rubber

Also known as EuroSheild roofs, rubber roofs are incredibly sturdy as they absorb the impact of hail, allow the hail to bounce off. They are also low maintenance and can meet the UL 2218 impact rating. Rubber roofs are made from recycled tires but don’t worry, they can look beautiful and come in a few different colors and looks.

4. Tile

Tile roofs are usually made from clay, ceramic, slate, or concrete. They can last for many decades, reflect heat, and offer hail resistance for hailstones lower than 2 inches, which is a great option depending on where you live in Colorado. Anything larger and there’s a chance the tile can chip or break off, which may or may not be covered by insurance companies.

5. Metal

Metal roofs can look beautiful and are a more affordable roofing option. This type of roof should also only be considered if you are in an area with smaller hailstorms; otherwise, there’s a risk that the metal roof can dent, especially if it’s a flat metal roof. Thicker metal panels would be the most durable as they can deflect hailstones, but the impact of ongoing hailstorms can show over time. It will all depend on where you’re located.

Final Thoughts

In addition to the roofing material, the installation is just as important. If the roof isn’t correctly installed, there will likely be roof damage and additional maintenance costs down the line. Always go with a trusted and reputable roofing company to install your new roof.

And if you suspect roof damage because of a severe hailstorm, we recommend getting it inspected right away to prevent the possibility of obtaining additional damage from letting it sit. Document any damage, including water spots inside the home, and check insurance documents to see what’s covered.

If you’re still unsure about which type of roof makes the most sense for your Colorado home, our experts can. We offer free consultations and can also help with explaining the insurance claim process. We offer complimentary upgrades on every roof we install and are happy to answer any questions you might have to give you peace of mind. Contact us today!