Fiberglass-reinforced asphalt shingles are a primary roofing
material used on steep-slope roof systems in the U.S. Fiberglass
shingles are used in a variety of applications, including
single-family homes, multitenant structures and commercial
buildings. However, during hail events, fiberglass shingles can
fail, resulting in significant expenses often borne by the
insurance industry, building owners and homeowners. This recurring
loss exposure has resulted in discussions within the insurance
industry as to how claims involving hail damage to fiberglass
shingles could be reduced.
Jim D. Koontz & Associates Inc., Hobbs, N.M., recently
conducted a study in 2012 to determine the role physical properties
of fiberglass shingles play in hail resistance. Following is an
overview of the study results.
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