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Can Metal Roofs Withstand Hail Damage? Can Metal Roofs Withstand Hail Damage?

Can Metal Roofs Withstand Hail Damage?

When consumers think of metal roofs, they often picture beat-up old galvanized metal on outdoor buildings. Modern residential metal roofs are much more durable and attractive than the metal roof on your grandparents’ shed. The materials can withstand heavy winds, rain, and hail better than traditional shingled roofs. Additionally, metal roofs insulate against noise and reduce sounds more effectively than traditional counterparts.

Hail-Proof Metal Roofs

Metal roofs weren’t always hail-proof. The early roof varieties had problems of dents, scratches, and noise. Modern roof designs have implemented resistant materials and coatings to prevent damage from inclement weather. Many metal roofing materials rate higher for hail resistance than shingled asphalt roofs. Insurance companies accept these studies and often offer reduced rates for homes with metal roofs.

The durability of metal roofs comes from a combination of galvanized metal and impenetrable coatings. Most metal roofs installed nowadays include a UL 2218 Class IV Impact Resistance rating, the highest available. To pass this test, materials must survive a hit by a 2-inch steel ball dropped from 20 feet in the air without splitting.

Shingled Roofs and Hail Damage

Much of the hail damage to traditional roofs comes from water. Dents often form on shingles from impact, knocking off surface granules. The result is unprotected roofing, prone to water damage. With reduced coverage, water seeps under the shingles and enters the wood underneath. Mold, fungus, and algae can result, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Metal roofs are not only resistant to dents but can prevent water damage from occurring. Unlike shingles, water doesn’t have the ability to seep through metal. Instead, water left by hail will slide down the roof into the gutter, eventually making its way to the ground.

All-Around Weather Protection

Metal roofs are better designed to handle inclement weather conditions. In addition to hail, metal roofs withstand wind, snow, and ice better than shingled roofs. Materials used to construct metal roofs encourage water to flow off the roof to prevent water damage. Shingles are prone to fly off roofs during heavy windstorms, whereas metal roofs can withstand strong winds with no adverse effects. If you live in a region with frequent adverse weather conditions, metal roofing may be a good option. Discuss specifics about your local weather climate with a metal roof contractor. He or she can provide you with an honest assessment and recommend a roof to best suit your needs.


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