3 Roofing Options To Compare When You Want A Roof That Resists Storm Damage

If you had to make a lot of roof repairs to your shingle roof due to storm damage the last few years, you might be comparing roofing so you can install something that's more durable and needs fewer repairs. All types of roofing can be damaged by storms, but some types are more durable than others.

One tip is to look for the impact and wind ratings on the materials you're considering. This information lets you know how well the roof will tolerate high winds and different sizes of hail. Here's a look at how different types of roofing fare when it comes to storms.

1. Metal Roofs

Metal is strong and resists wind damage. One reason metal roofing resists storm damage is that the roof is made of panels that lock together rather than smaller shingles. This provides more strength against strong winds. It also stands up to hail, but it can be dented. Oftentimes, the dents are just cosmetic, so you may not need to worry about a roof leak from the dents.

However, if your insurance company considers the damage cosmetic, they may not pay for a new roof when your old one has been peppered with hail. If you're thinking of getting a metal roof, check your insurance policy to see if hail damage is covered.

2. Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are a good choice when you want a roof that resists storm damage. Tiles can last for decades and are heavy, so wind can't lift them very easily. They have a high hail rating, but if hail hits the tiles just right, the tiles can crack. Individual tiles can be replaced when necessary, but it's also possible to repair small cracks and chips made by hailstones.

An interesting thing about clay tiles is they stand up much better to hail than they do to walking on the tiles. Just because they are known to crack when walked on improperly doesn't mean you have to worry too much about hail damage unless the stones are big ones.

3. Luxury Asphalt Shingles

If you have basic strip shingles on now, you might want to compare them to luxury shingles. Luxury shingles are more durable and can tolerate high winds and hail better than thinner and less durable strip shingles.

Luxury asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and clay tiles all have high impact ratings against hail. If you like the look of asphalt shingles over metal or clay tiles, then luxury shingles could be worth considering when you get a new roof.

Contact a roofing company to learn more.