Possibly so with a freak hailstorm and tornadoes in Arizona this week. Three tornadoes tore through northern Arizona destroying homes while the previous day Phoenix experienced a hail storm obliterating siding, gutters and roofs.
Check out this home video from Phoenix and the destruction done to the homes siding.
As seasonal severe weather conditions intensify throughout the country, many people wonder how they can protect their homes from hail associated with strong storms. Sometimes reaching the size of softballs, hail can destroy a standard roof in less than 10 minutes. As one of four key “force intrusion areas” of the home (along with windows, entry doors and garage doors) severe winds and hail stones can compromise your roof during a storm with tragic results. Once air pressure moves through a hole in a roof and into the home during a storm, it can literally blow out the walls and windows of the home.
According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), one of ten steps to building a disaster-resistant roof includes selecting an impact-resistant roof covering tested to the latest standards for wind and impact resistance. FLASH recommends using the standards of ASTM D 3161 enhanced or UL 2390 for wind resistance and UL 2218 for impact resistance. To achieve these ratings, companies use independent, third parties to test their roofing materials.
Introduce Hail-Resistant Steep Slope Roofing by DaVinci Roofscapes. Our polymer slate and cedar shake alternative roofing tiles Class 4 impact rated, meeting the UL 2218 Impact Test. The tiles are backed by a 50-year warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. The steep slope roofing material has successfully been independently tested, meeting ASTM D 3161, to resist straight line winds at 110 mph.
Interested in learning more about these impact resistant roofs? Contact our product specialist to learn more.