Is There Really Such a Thing as a Hail Proof Roof?

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Homes in the Chicago area are subject to some relatively intense weather, and with one of the occasional, though serious, threats being hail many homeowners in the area are wondering if there is any true hail-proof roof. The truth is, that while there are some roofing materials that will mitigate the effects and potential damage that can come with hail, there is only one that we know of that is the hail-proof roof solution. A roofing solution that can withstand hail, without the need to replace due to cosmetic damages. We’re going to take a closer look at more about how the various common roofing materials stand up to impact damage from hail.

Hail Susceptibility Of Common Roofing Materials

While there is a long list of potential pros and cons for all of the materials here, for this exercise, the only aspect of roofing solutions we’re concerned with is the potential for hail damage to these various materials. Each material responds differently to the effects of hail and other impact damage, but all serve to give your roof the resulting appearance after.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is one of the most common and affordable roofing materials, but unfortunately, they are made from fiberglass mat, asphalt, and granules of stone. While the finished product is coated with tar or asphalt, then covered with a special granular substance, the resulting protection is sufficient for a short while but can allow hailstones to damage the roof eventually, and in some cases, penetrate the roof entirely. The low price is a common attractant, but it can cost you more in the end.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is great; it’s durable, affordable, and relatively eco-friendly, but it comes with the downside of being an incredibly rigid and unforgiving material. If a storm produces hail, metal roofs will protect the home well. The biggest downside is that metal roofs are easily dented by hail and storm debris, and short of replacing that section of roofing, there is no way to undo or repair the damage, those dings will be there forever

Plastic & Composites

Composite materials and other synthetic roofing materials are among some of the most popular roofing materials in recent years, and with good reason. Composites or plastics are some of the most innovative products on the market today and are versatile and easily customized. While they can often be obtained in styles to match any other material, they also have a durability issue when it comes to impact damage. Composites and plastics are incredibly sensitive to impacts, and hail damage or storm damage can lead to cracked tiles or shingles.

Rubber Shingle Roofing

Rubber shingle or rubber shake roofing is often seen as one of the truly hail-proof roofs. Rubber roofs are made from high amounts of recyclable materials, and can be recycled when retired or replaced. They are an incredible insulator and have almost no maintenance requirements. Additionally, they are formulated to resist UV damage, and there are nearly endless combinations of colors and styles. Rubber roofing can shrug off hailstones of up to 2” in most cases, sometimes even larger.

Protect Your Home From Hail Damage

The best way to protect Chicagoland homes from the occasional round of hail damage is to work with a trusted local roofer to have a cutting-edge rubber roof installed. If you still have questions about rubber shake roofing or want to discuss an estimate for your roofing project, our roofing professionals can help you get the answers you need. Reach out today to speak to a roofing or scheduling professional to discuss why rubber shake roofing can be the perfect hail-proof roof for your Chicagoland home.