CertainTeed Landmark PRO Shingles
Earn Class 3 Impact Rating
New classification could mean big savings for homeowners
We've got them in stock, and now, they could help homeowners save money on insurance premiums! CertainTeed has announced its Landmark PRO shingles manufactured after January 1, 2022, have earned a UL 2218 Class 3 impact rating. The distinguishment means the shingles can provide a significant level of protection against hail and other weather hazards, which is why many insurance companies offer discounts on homes that use these products.
Earning a Class 3 Rating
The Underwriters Laboratory 2218 test (UL 2218) is the current standard for the impact resistance of roofing products. In the test, steel balls of various sized are dropped onto shingles from a range of heights. If any ruptures or cracks form, the shingle does not qualify for that given classification. Shingles with the class 3 rating can withstand the impact of a 1.75" steel ball (slightly bigger than a golf ball) dropped from 17 feet. The test is primarily intended to replicate hail stones, most of which are under two inches in diameter, which is why class 3 and 4 shingles — the top classifications — are also called "hail resistant."
While impact-resistant shingles cost more upfront, homeowners in hail-prone areas often end up saving in the long run with better home protection and lower insurance premiums. On average, those who install class 3 or 4 impact-resistant shingles recoup the upfront cost within five years. Annual premium discounts can range from five to more than 30 percent. They vary among companies and regions, so homeowners should check with their carriers before deciding on a shingle.
Check with Your Carrier
Although CertainTeed announced the new classification in January 2023, it still extends to any Landmark PRO shingle manufactured after January 1, 2022. This means any homeowner who had Landmark PROS installed anytime in 2022 should check with their insurance carrier to see if they qualify for a discount.