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Headline: Composite Roofing Surpasses Impact Resistant Asphalt Shingles
According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety there are approximately 3,000 hailstorms each year in the United States. The insured losses related to these storms reaches more than $1.6 billion annually. What type of roof would you prefer to have overhead to help protect your home and family from devastating losses due to hail storms?
What many homeowners are finding out is that the impact resistant asphalt shingles they thought would withstand hail storms don’t do their job. Those people are switching to reliable composite roofing.
“Customers with impact resistant asphalt roofs often find themselves shopping for a new roof,” says Brett Hall with Joe Hall Roofing Inc. in Texas “Homeowners are doing this because the roof they had was damaged by hail and did not perform as they expected.
“The hail cycle in north Texas is 12-15 years. Composition impact resistant shingles will usually be replaced inside of 15 years due to hail.
“When homeowners have finally had enough, we point them toward composite roofing. We tell them that if they want to buy the very best of the best, then they should consider DaVinci Roofscapes.”
Hail Heartache in the Midwest
In Oklahoma, where hail storms are a regular occurrence, Jenco Roofing representatives report that having impact resistant asphalt shingles is a gamble for many homeowners.
“The impact resistant asphalt shingles generally last just until they are damaged by hail,” says Doyle Tifton with Jenco Roofing. “We offer DaVinci composite roofing over asphalt as a virtual ‘hail resistant shingle’ and one that adds value to higher end homes.”
With hail prevalent throughout the Midwest, it’s no surprise that Nebraska homeowners are also unhappy with their experiences with impact resistant asphalt shingles.
“The impact asphalts simply do not hold up to the bigger hail we have here in Nebraska,” says Trent Lovewell with John Higgins Weatherguard, Inc. “Some homes with these roofs don’t last even five years. It’s a shame people choose the impact resistant asphalt shingles when there’s a much better option in the marketplace.”
For more than 15 years Lovewell and his team have been installing DaVinci Roofscapes composite roofing throughout Nebraska. The company replaces hail-damaged roofs regularly with the DaVinci product — more than 400 roofs so far.
“The DaVinci roof is a much better investment,” says Lovewell. “From a pricing standpoint, it’s equal to wood shake or stone coated metal, but it’s a much better value. The DaVinci product will hold up better than all other types of impact resistant roofs.”
Save Time, Money and Headaches with Composite Roofing
What makes DaVinci the top choice of many roofers throughout the Midwest? To combat potential hail damage, durable DaVinci composite roofing tiles are manufactured from a proprietary engineered polymer. This polymer includes multiple virgin ThermoPlastic Olefin (TPO) resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers, plus inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment.
Standard synthetic slate and shingle style composite roofing tiles from DaVinci have been independently tested to resist high impacts. The tiles are Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test.
DaVinci tiles are also made to resist strong winds and weather conditions. The composite tiles have been tested to resist straight line winds at 110 mph and have passed the TAS-125 certification test for wind uplift resistance in High Velocity Hurricane zones. They’ve also passed the TAS-100 certification test for wind-driven rain. Plus, as an added bonus, each DaVinci tile is fire resistant and backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.
By the Numbers
In its recent hail simulation testing of roofing products, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety studies backed up what Midwest roofers have discovered: not all impact resistant roofs are equal.
In its tests, the composite roofing product surpassed the traditional impact resistant shingles in all class categories. In the highest class, the Class 4 UL 2218 tests, passing rates were earned by 55 percent of the impact locations on the polymer modified impact resistant products compared to about 35 percent for the traditional impact resistant shingle.
What’s the take-away for homeowners living in hail-prone areas faced with a roofing decision?
“Invest in the best possible composite roofing you can for your home,” advises Lovewell. “You’ll save yourself headache and heartache associated with a roof replacement. And, you may be pleasantly pleased to find out that your insurance company rewards you for making such a smart decision by offering you a discount on your yearly premiums.”