Why You Should Consider Using Impact Resistant Shingles


Impact Resistant Shingles are created to decrease the consequences of natural disasters that can affect your roof. If you live in an area where severe storms take place often, using impact-resistant shingles is crucial to prevent any damage. 

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Storm Prediction Center, and National Weather Service the five worst states for major hail events in 2021 were:

Texas with 688 hail events

Kansas with 303 hail storms

Nebraska with 225 hail storms

South Dakota 218 hail storms

Oklahoma 159  hail storms

In total there were 3,762 hail events in the United States in 2021.

In order to make the best decision for what roof material you need it is important to know the technology and benefits of class 4, impact- resistant shingles.

According to Owens Cornings there are two different alternatives on how Impact resistant shingles are engineered:

  • “A reinforcing, polymer-based mesh is added to the back of a standard asphalt shingle. This mesh is embedded into the asphalt and helps hold the shingle together, preventing the shingle from splitting when impacted by a hailstone or other object”.
  • “Rubber-like polymers, such as SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene), are added to the asphalt composition. The integration of the SBS polymer blend with the asphalt produces a rubberizing effect, creating a shingle that is more flexible and more capable of recovering from hail impact”.

Using impact-resistant materials makes you eligible for discounts on your home insurance. Studies have shown that impact-resistant materials can combat severe climate conditions. By using these materials, the possibilities that your roof will get damaged are lower, which reduces the frequency that insurance companies have to pay out claims. This is the reason why you may get a discount.  Insurance companies have different policies regarding the type of impact-resistant they give discounts on, so make sure you contact them before choosing your materials.  

JR & Co would love to help you pick the best impact-resistant material that suits your home. Decide on long-lasting materials, quality service, and saving money on house insurance.


If you want a company with more than 35 years of shingle roofing experience, contact JR & Co. today!