Roof of Texas Business Gets New Life After Hailstorm

After the damaged roof system was removed, CIMA installed a self-adhering SBS modified bitumen roofing system manufactured by CertainTeed. Photo: CertainTeed

Large hailstorms are a common occurrence in Northern Texas, so when the roof of CMS Magnetics Corporation in Garland, Texas, started to leak, the company suspected hail had something to do with it.

When CMS purchased its building in 2012, the company applied to its existing roof system a roof coating designed to strengthen the system and protect it from water intrusion. In 2018, however, the roof started leaking to the point that expert guidance was needed to address the situation.

To help CMS consider its options, Plano, Texas-based CIMA Contractors, LLC, was called in to find the source of the leaks and recommend an efficient, affordable solution. CIMA Contractors is a CertainTeed-credentialed roofing contractor with more than 20 years of experience in commercial roofing and storm damage restoration. After analyzing the roof’s existing PVC membrane, CIMA determined that the roof leaks were indeed the result of hail damage from a 2014 storm.

CMS leadership worried it would have to fix or replace the entire roof system at great expense to the company. Trusting in its expertise, CIMA stood by its findings and went the extra step of presenting additional findings to the insurance company so their hail damage claim could be covered.

CIMA met with adjusters, roofing contractors and engineers from the insurance company and conducted a joint assessment. During the assessment, the team conducted forensic work to determine that recent hail had compromised the roof system and was the cause of recurring leaks. This inspired the insurance company to agree to restore the roof to its pre-storm condition.

The existing roof assembly was comprised of a 22-inch intermediate-rib steel deck supporting a 60-mil PVC roof system along with a spray-on coating. CIMA decided to take a different approach — one that would offer a solution with greater energy efficiency, better tolerance for the foot traffic required for facility maintenance, and superior impact and weather resistance.

This photo shows the damaged roof before it was replaced. Photo: CertainTeed

After removing the old roof system, CIMA mechanically attached CertainTeed’s FlintBoard ISO insulation to the building’s steel deck. In addition to helping the structure meet city building code requirements, the insulation provided year-round indoor comfort. CIMA also installed tapered FlintBoard ISO-T insulation to reconfigure the cricket geometry and sumps in the roof’s corners and redirect water runoff to a new drainage system, eliminating standing water on the roof’s surface.

CIMA then applied CertainTeed’s Black Diamond Base Sheet, a self-adhering SBS modified bitumen roofing membrane designed to provide durability, strength, ease of handling and resistance to moisture and wind-driven rain. A torch-applied layer of CertainTeed’s Flintlastic GTA cap sheet topped off the system, providing additional puncture and tear resistance. The new, more resilient system delivered a combined 220 mils of protection.

Thanks to CIMA’s professional expertise and high-quality roofing products from CertainTeed, the CMS facility is dry, safe and comfortable for its employees. For additional peace of mind, the new roof is backed by a 15-year NDL (no-dollar limit) warranty from CIMA and CertainTeed. With their roof problems addressed and their storage areas dry, CMS has expanded its capacity and inventory, paving the way for greater operational bandwidth and profit.

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: CIMA Contractors, LLC, Plano, Texas, www.cimacontractors.com

MATERIALS

Base Sheet: Black Diamond, CertainTeed, www.certainteed.com

Cap Sheet: Flintlastic GTA, CertainTeed

Insulation: FlintBoard ISO and FlintBoard ISO-T, CertainTeed

CoreLogic Launches Storm Damage Identification Service

CoreLogic announced the launch of a new service, Roof IQ, that pinpoints specific homes damaged by storms so roofing professionals can more effectively identify prospects and manage lead-generation activities. According to the company, the service uses advanced geocoding technology from CoreLogic, as well as its comprehensive property-level database, to target individual homes within a storm’s path that have suffered significant damage from wind or hail. As such, it enhances efficiency and increases productivity, allowing roofing professionals to increase their response to a catastrophe and quickly offer assistance to individual homeowners following a storm.

Roof IQ is designed to provide unique interactive maps that define the scope and extent of damage within 24 hours of a weather event. Real-time email alerts track every step of the process from storm awareness to prospect identification to the repair stage. In addition to identifying specific damaged homes and accompanying property and homeowner information, Roof IQ enables more accurate repair cost estimates by incorporating aerial roof measurements produced by the SkyMeasure™ by CoreLogic service. 

“Roof IQ is a game changer for the roofing industry, allowing for more precise targeting of areas impacted and homes requiring repair,” said Andrew Zickell, senior leader, business development for CoreLogic. “Roof IQ eliminates the inefficiency of randomly canvassing an area following a storm by combining immediate prospect identification with full property-level data and imagery.” 

Users can select to monitor the entire United States or receive storm alerts by region, city or state, and can purchase prospective customer leads based on targeted geographic areas. Storms are ranked by severity so that resources and priorities can be determined based on actual damage to homes.

CertainTeed-credentialed Roofing Contractors Now Can Quickly Locate Homes Damaged by Hailstorms

A partnership between CertainTeed Corp. and advanced weather forensics company HailStrike aims to help CertainTeed-credentialed roofing contractors quickly and accurately locate homes damaged by hailstorms so they can connect with homeowners in need of roof repairs. Three services are available: HailStrike tracking, OneSite reports and AniSwath hail map. Roofers with HailStrike tracking have access to radar-based storm-tracking software that trails the heart of the storm and provides the size of hail. The OneSite tool provides site-specific information for hail activity at exact locations. The AniSwath service gives direct access to a colorized, fully animated hail swath map. Contractors interested in learning more about HailStrike can contact their local CertainTeed territory manager.