Thunderstorms sometimes get severe and bring hail. Hail is an obvious bringer of destruction. Sometimes, hail damages surfaces and it’s not readily apparent though. One time this type of covert damage happens is when hail hits asphalt shingles. Hail damage can hide for years, because the visual evidence isn’t there. Instead, people are unaware of the damage from a hail storm until much later when more serious damage is seen.
Surprisingly, 10 percent of hail is larger than a golf ball and can do serious damage to roofs! Hail knocks off the granular covering of asphalt shingles leaving the underlying asphalt exposed. Unprotected, the shingle gets deteriorated by sunlight. Then, it’s only a matter of time before water enters the building!
Most consumers know that independent testing is available for roofing products. For example, Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FMRC) offers testing to see how well roofing products stand up to damaging hail. Two FMRC certifications exist for hail resistance in a roofing product: “Class 1 – SH” which means the product offers Severe Hail Resistance and “Class 2 – MH” which means that the product offers Moderate Hail Resistance.
FMRC Class 1 – SH Syntehtic Thatch Shingles
Endureed synthetic thatch was tested and shown to provide severe hail resistance.
Endureed Synthetic Thatch
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