Impact Resistant Ir Roof Shingles Are They Worth It

Over time, your roof shingles experience damage and deterioration, and one of the largest factors for this destruction is the weather. Hail and wind are major weather factors that can cause extreme damage and leave your home defenseless.

Kansas homes experience their fair share of storms involving, snow, ice, hail, and extreme winds depending on the season. And with these storms, roof repair becomes inevitable. So, what if there was a roofing material that could help prevent damage from the storms and lessen your need for roof repair and replacement?

Many homeowners are replacing their old worn-out shingles for new, impact resistant (IR) shingles to help combat mother nature’s sting. But are IR shingles worth the investment?

Our team at Eaton Roofing & Exteriors has compiled answers to some common questions about IR shingles to help you make the best decision for your home.

What are impact resistant shingles?

Shingles that are “impact resistant” are considered a class 4 product, and are designed to withstand high winds and hail damage. The range of IR products varies per manufacturer, but most have multiple architectural and designer IR products that are tailored to your home’s style.

What does class 4 mean?

When it comes to shingles, class 4 shingles are the highest classification you can get when it comes to hail damage resistance. They are associated with the UL 2218 impact test, which involves dropping a two-inch steel ball from 20 feet high onto the shingle and examining whether the shingle cracks or not.

When the backing on a shingle breaks, it creates an entry point for water to potentially make its way to your underlayment, decking, and even into your home. Having shingles that are less likely to crack decreases the chance of water damage overtaking your home’s interior.

Are impact resistant shingles worth the investment?

The real question for homeowners boils down to whether IR shingles are worth what they cost. The truth of the matter is that IR shingles can cost a homeowner 20 to 100 percent more than standard asphalt shingles.

Using IR shingles can extend the life of your roof. Not only do they protect your home from major storms, which could otherwise destroy normal shingles and cost you a roof replacement, but they also weather better than regular asphalt shingles. Not having to replace your roof as frequently is both a time and money saver.

Impact resistant shingles can also provide potential savings on your home insurance. Due to the decreased risk of hail or other damages resulting from wind, insurance companies in cities like Wichita or Topeka, which are prone to hail, take IR shingle into consideration for insurance pricing.

Installing IR shingle the Right Way

If you are choosing to make the investment in IR shingles, do it the right way by hiring a roofing contractor you can trust. Our installers are experts in the industry, and we pride ourselves on our professionalism. Eaton Roofing & Exteriors is here for the life of your home.


It’s time to stop worrying about your roof every time a storm hits. Contact Eaton Roofing & Exteriors today to schedule a free roof consultation and quote. Let us install the shingles your roof deserves so you can have peace even during storms.