hail-resistant roofs

The Best Roof For Hail-Prone Areas

Planning a roof in a hail-prone area can be a complex task. You have to consider the price, longevity, and aesthetics of your prospective roof and ensure that it is capable of withstanding heavy hail storms.

In recent years, hail storms have become more common and severe. As a result, planning for hail has become a primary consideration for many homeowners. In this article, we will outline the roofing materials that stand up best to hail and provide tips on how you can determine which roof is best for you.

The best roofs for hail-prone areas

Imagine you have finished installing a new roof on your home, and a hail storm hits unexpectedly. The last thing you want at that point is more costly repairs. We think it’s best to avoid this problem and install a roof capable of withstanding even the strongest hail.


Slate roofs are among the most durable roofs available today. While heavy and requiring sturdy structural support, slate roofs can withstand just about any weather event imaginable. High winds and hail impact pose little threat to slate roofs in most instances. And, if you install a slate roof, you can rest assured that it will almost certainly last a lifetime.

Given the positive attributes of slate, you might be wondering why slate roofs aren’t more popular in hail-prone locations. Put simply, slate is a premium product that commands a premium price. While slate roofs are expensive, they provide excellent value for homeowners who can afford them. With proper maintenance, slate roofs will perform well for a century or more, long after less durable roofs have succumbed to the elements.


When it comes to tile roofing, homeowners have two options: concrete or clay tile. Both concrete and clay provide excellent durability and are resistant to damage. However, concrete tiles are more resistant to cracking and are the better choice in hail-prone areas.

That being said, clay tile provides a nice balance between aesthetics, durability, and longevity. Clay tile can stand up to most adverse weather conditions and look great while doing it. So, concrete tile has a slight edge if durability is your priority, while clay tile is the best option if you are looking for a balance between aesthetics and durability.


Metal roofs can be very durable when it comes to resisting hail damage. However, there is quite a bit of variability depending on the type of metal used in the construction. The most common metal roofs are discussed below:

Stone-coated steel

Stone-coated steel roofs are resistant to nearly all hail-damage, including from hail over two inches in diameter. However, these roofs do require regular maintenance to perform their best


Copper roofs rank high in terms of aesthetic appeal and durability. These roofs are not just functional; they offer superior performance and a style that adds to the architectural design of the home. However, all these benefits do come at a cost, as copper roofs can be quite expensive.


Aluminum roofs offer a nice mix of price and performance. They are both lightweight and durable. As a result, they will protect your home without requiring structural upgrades to hold heavy roofing material. While aluminum roofs do protect your home from hail, they are more easily dented than other metal roofs. As a result, they may need to be repaired more frequently.

Impact Resistant Shingles

Standard shingles perform rather poorly in hail-prone areas. However, impact-resistant shingles are a totally different story. These shingles are extremely resistant to hail damage and come with a lower price tag than the options discussed above.

When you are looking for the toughest shingles available, we recommend that you narrow your search down to category 4 impact-resistant shingles. These shingles have undergone thorough testing and have proven that they can withstand severe hail storms.

CMR can protect your home

CMR has a long history of working in hail-prone areas. Our team of hail-resistant roof experts can ensure that your home is protected from damage. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or roof inspection. We look forward to meeting you.