Ask Your Indianapolis Roofing Contractor: Should Roofing Shingles Be Impact Resistant?

If you’re not sure whether impact resistance is 100% necessary when purchasing roofing shingles, let us assure you that it is. A lot of homeowners fall into the trap of believing that hail damage can’t happen to them. They think their roof is protected by tree cover or, perhaps, that they’re located in an area that doesn’t experience much hail. However, the potential for damage-producing hail is present in almost all large thunderstorms – regardless of location – making hail one of the most frequently observed natural hazards.

According to the National Weather Service, hail storms causes roughly $1 billion in property damage in the United States every year. Of all the naturally occurring hazards tracked, hail-related costs were second only to severe thunderstorm winds. This means that hail does more damage, overall, than tornados, floods, and tropical storms.

Many shingle manufacturers have tried to mitigate the effects of hail damage on their products by reformulating the physical makeup of their products. The most advanced of these reformulations is the infusion of styrene butadiene styrene (SBS) into the asphalt of the shingle. The inclusion of SBS creates shingles that are more flexible, less likely to crack, and more resistant to damage from hail and other types of impacts. In addition to lasting longer, these shingles can also lead to reduced insurance premiums for homeowners in certain areas.

As the leading Indianapolis roofing contractor, Sherriff-Goslin is committed to offering customers lasting, durable roofing solutions. Our Art-Loc®, StormMaster® Shake, and StormMaster® Slate shingles all offer the advanced protection of SBS. We encourage all of our customers to take advantage of this material, especially in Indiana, where snow and hail are extremely common. If you’ve been searching for a way to better protect your roof from the elements, call us today to discuss how we can help!