Just how durable is your roof? That depends on the type of roofing products used in its construction. One type of roofing product – impact resistant shingles – can mean a stronger, more durable roof than non-impact resistant shingles. Impact resistant shingles are specially designed to help resist damage from hail, flying debris and high winds – abuse that might shred ordinary shingles, or tear them off of a roof. Sure, they may not look different from ordinary shingles, but they’re built differently to help withstand abuse.
are particularly dangerous to roofs. Hailstones can form up to five inches or more in diameter, and these ice bullets pelt your roof at speeds of 90 miles an hour or more. One way to lessen the potential impact of forceful storms is to install impact-resistant roofing materials.
You can choose impact-resistant asphalt or metal roofing material in a variety of popular styles, including individual shingles and sheet goods. Shingles resembling wood or slate that are made of cement, plastic, recycled resin or rubber, or molded polymer are also available in multiple colors. While some of these products may cost more than traditional shingles, you could save over the long run when you consider the potential savings from premium discounts and the reduced likelihood for roof damage.
Reasons to consider impact-resistant roofing options
- Better resistance to wind and impact from hail and flying debris that non-impact resistant products. Some are warranted by the manufacturer against wind up to 130 mph.
- Protection against fire - most products are Class A fire rated.
- You may be eligible for an annual discount on your homeowners premium , especially if your current roof is wood shingles . 
- If you sell your home, the new owner may be eligible for a homeowners insurance discount, which can be a good selling point.
- Less impact on the environment since fewer roofs will be damaged during a storm.
To learn more about impact-resistant roofing materials, contact a State Farm® agent today.