Other Steep-Sloped Roofs
Concrete Tile – These roofs are pretty resilient. They can go through some
pretty hefty hail storms and survive. Some tile may need to be replaced but
that’s to be expected. When it comes to tile roofs, the
underlayment is of extreme importance and is considered by some to be as
important as the tile itself, and if you protect the
underlayment, then you protect the interior of the building.
Clay Tile – Clay tile is NOT hail proof. It doesn’t take much of a hail storm
to destroy a clay tile roof, which is one reason you don’t see many clay tile
roofs in Tornado Alley. However, for those of you with some bucks to spend on
your roof and who don’t live in hail prone regions, clay tile is long lasting
and can be very attractive.
Metal Roofing – Another resilient roof system for steep slope applications. A
metal roof may look like the hood of your car after going through a hail storm,
but in many cases, its waterproofing abilities won’t have been affected by the
storm. Check with the particular manufacturer of the metal roof to determine
whether or not it has a Hail Resistance Rating.
Synthetic Roofing – Too numerous to mention them all individually, some
synthetic roofs have good hail ratings. Even if they aren’t rated (no rating
could mean they may not have been tested), they still may be very hail
resistant. Some manufacturers make roofing materials that resemble wood shakes,
and some resembles slate and is made from recycled rubber tires. These roofs
would be able to withstand a substantial hail storm.
Cedar Roofs (Wood Shingles & Shakes) – Cedar roofs are not hail resistant and
you will not find a genuine cedar roof product with any type of hail resistance