Roof Covering Material Product Certification – Impact Resistance
One of the most important considerations for insurance companies and building owners is the impact performance of roof covering material chosen for installations. During intense hailstorms, roof covering materials are subject to widespread damage which can, in turn, result in insurance claims for damages.
Product manufacturers have an opportunity to receive certification of impact resistance for their roof covering materials. It will be another avenue for product marketing and a proactive step toward lowering damage in hail ridden areas, as well as, reducing insurance claims from the resulting damages.
RI Ogawa & Associates, Inc. provides a Roof Covering Material Certification Program for Impact Resistance. We test and certify manufacturer’s roof covering materials and classify them as Class I through Class IV for impact resistance.
Roof Covering Certification Program Outline
Benefits of Roof Covering Certification:
There are many benefits for the utilization of products that are certified under the Roof Covering Material Certification Program for Impact Resistance. Consumers that use “Certified” products can trust that they have been tested, rated and comply with the specifications of FM 4473 and UL 2218. They can be assured that the product is manufactured according to an approved quality control program and the manufacturer is being audited to assure that the approved quality control program is being maintained accordingly. Products are subject to random sampling to ensure that products continually meet the specifications. Another benefit is that premium credits may be offered by insurance companies for roof installations using material that have been manufactured and certified to meet classifications under FM 4473 and UL 2218.
Roof Covering Material Certification – Certified Impact Resistance Logo
Manufacturers who meet the requirements of the Roof Covering Material Certification Program for Impact Resistance are licensed to utilize the Certified Impact Resistance Logo to qualifying products. In addition, all approved manufacturers will be listed on RI Ogawa & Associates, Inc.’s website and information will be available to specifiers, code and building officials, architects, insurance companies, potential buyers and others.
By employing the “Certified Impact Resistance Logo”, the manufacturer is certifying that the labeled product meets the requirements of the certification program and the information listed is accurate for that product.