As weather events become more frequent and severe in Denver, homeowners are looking for better roofing materials to protect their homes. One of the best ways to protect against hail damage is to invest in impact resistant shingles. Impact resistant shingles are especially designed to protect buildings from damage caused by hail and similar weather conditions. These icy projectiles can completely demolish structures and have been known to go through roofs, knocking off tiles and exposing wiring to oncoming rainwater. Shingles that are “impact resistant” are considered a class 4 product and are designed to withstand high winds and hail damage. These shingles may be made of copper, aluminum, resin, and plastic.
Why Choose an Impact Resistant Roof?
Impact-resistant roofs are more durable, no matter where your home is located in Colorado. They are made to resist damages from threats that can shred conventional shingles and tear them away. Homeowners with impact-resistant roofs save money on repairs and insurance claims after big storms come through, not to mention their homes are kept much safer than conventional shingles.
TruDefinition® Duration STORM® by Owens Corning
Unlike standard shingles, TruDefinition® Duration STORM® impact-resistant shingles feature patented WeatherGuard® Technology. The integrated polymeric backing material of the WeatherGuard® Technology allows Duration STORM® shingles to meet one of the industry's highest ratings for impact resistance, UL 2218, Class 4.
In some areas, homeowners may qualify for insurance premium discounts - check with your insurance company. These shingles also feature SureNail® Technology for high-performance durability and outstanding gripping power.
Stands up to an angry mother nature. Patented WeatherGuard® Technology has at its core an integrated polymeric backing material on the back of the shingles that allows the shingles to meet one of the industry’s highest classification for impact resistance—UL 2218-Class 4 Impact Resistance. Corresponding ProEdge STORM® or WeatherGuard® Hip & Ridge Shingles are required to complete UL 2218 Class 4 Impact Resistant Roof System for warranty coverage.
It’s the nailing line on your shingles. The difference between a good shingle and a great shingle is having SureNail® Technology. With SureNail® Technology, strength and durability are built into every Duration® Series shingle, thanks to the unique fabric strip in the nailing area. This unique shingle design provides outstanding gripping power.
Significant wind can cause shingles to blow off the roof deck. Missing shingles can lead to leaks and other interior damage. The quality and performance of the sealant on a shingle helps plays an important part in wind resistance performance. Owens Corning certifies our shingles to industry recognized wind resistance standards through independent third-party testing laboratories.
GAF ArmorShield™ Impact Resistant
An excellent combination of protection and beauty for your home. Made with their proprietary SBS modified asphalt formulation, our ArmorShield™ Series Shingles pass the industry’s toughest impact-resistance test: UL 2218 Class 4.
Excellent wind performance: Meets Class F wind rating from Underwriters Laboratories — the highest wind rating possible. Dura Grip™ Adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles warranted to withstand maximum wind gusts of up to 130 mph (209 km/h).
High Performance: Designed with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which reduces the use of natural resources while providing excellent protection. Polymer modification makes asphalt more durable, rubber-like, and super-flexible — to help reduce stress when impacted. When this material is used to make roofing shingles, it results in a shingle with excellent flexibility and durability, plus increased impact resistance.
CertainTeed Presidential® Shake IR (Impact Resistant)
Presidential Shake IR (Impact Resistant) is made of two laminated layers of the industry’s most durable materials. And, with a super tough reinforcement added to its back surface, it has an extra level of impact resistance—so much so that it can withstand the force of a two-inch steel ball dropped from twenty feet without cracking. The shades, textures, sculpted edges and staggered design all combine to give a roof the charm and beauty of authentic wood shakes at a fraction of the cost.
CertainTeed’s line of impact resistant products ensure peace of mind—and unflappable protection—even during the harshest conditions. Built from the industry’s toughest materials, their impact resistant shingles defend against updrafts, crosswinds and all manner of gusty, blustery weather.
As hail is propelled onto a non-impact resistant shingle, it knocks off granules of the shingle’s outer layer—exposing it to UV damage that can degrade the roof and make it vulnerable to leaks.