Storm Repair Technology Launches in the USA

Stormseal is a storm recovery system that protects damaged roofs or walls with a patented wind, rain and hail resistant polyethylene film. The technology, pioneered in Australia, is now available in the United States.

According to the manufacturer, Stormseal is designed to replace flapping, leaking, flyaway tarpaulins that usually require multiple reattachments using ropes and sandbags, allowing more damage to occur if storms or bad weather continue. Unlike tarpaulins, weatherproof Stormseal stays put for up to a year, according to the manufacturer, preventing further property damage, significantly reducing expenses for insurers and minimizing stress on householders.

“We are extremely excited to bring our innovation to the people of the United States, where in recent times they have felt the brunt of many storms and major weather events,” said Matthew Lennox, Australian builder turned inventor and Stormseal’s managing director. “Around the world, severe storms are becoming more frequent, damaging property, traumatizing residents, stretching emergency resources and costing insurance companies billions. Stormseal is therefore an ideal solution for rapid response and cost-effective resilience in the face of natural disasters.”

According to Lennox, the Stormseal system was found to be faster, cheaper and easier to install than a tarpaulin. The low-density patented polyethylene film is cut and fitted at the worksite with the heat “shrink wrapping” technique, changing the chemical structure of the film and enhancing its strength.

“The emergency responders, builders and insurers who have witnessed the potential of Stormseal know it will cut their costs significantly and make insured properties safe from further damage, which keeps policyholders secure and happy,” said Lennox. “Stormseal is raising the bar for U.S. roofers in terms of quality and safety, protecting the most valuable asset an American family possesses: their home.”

Stormseal is now manufacturing in the United States. More than 20 U.S. companies have registered their interest in training staff as Stormseal installers through the accredited training program available through

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Preassembled Heating Cable Protects Roofs, Gutters

The FrostGuard heating cable protects roofs and gutters against ice dams and icicle build up.

The FrostGuard heating cable protects roofs and gutters against ice dams and icicle build up.

Pentair has launched a contractor-grade preassembled heating cable from Raychem. FrostGuard is a system which protects roofs and gutters against ice dams and icicle build up and reduces the risks of freezing and bursting within pipes.

Ideal for small roofs, porches and overhangs as well as metal and plastic pipes, FrostGuard brings several advancements. The cables can be overlapped without causing hotspots or burnouts, offering performance and is available in eight pre-terminated lengths that may plug in to a 120V outlet, allowing installations to be tailored to meet specific requirements. Available as a plug-n-play system, FrostGuard works to prevent structural damage and an unsafe environment that can occur as a result of snow accumulation. In addition, FrostGuard can be hardwired (240V) and includes self-regulating technology to ensure heat is only emitted when and where needed, reducing energy consumption and costs.

ARMA Helps Update Wind-resistance Standard for Asphalt Shingles

DURING THE past year, the Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has led the process to update the ASTM International wind-resistance standard for asphalt shingles to help ensure that it complies with the latest methods to determine design loads for roofs and cladding used on buildings. ASTM standards are consensus standards that are used around the world to improve product quality and build consumer confidence.

The 2016 version of ASTM D7158 is now coordinated with the American Society of Civil Engineers standard ASCE 7-10, “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures”, which is the document that the International Building Code relies on for its structural provisions. The ASCE 7-10 standard had significant revisions in wind design. ARMA worked with recognized structural engineers who are leaders in the wind-engineering field and industry stakeholders who provided specific updates to D7158 that ensure consistency with ASCE 7-10. Although the building code includes conversion factors to account for differences between versions of ASCE 7, ARMA and other industry stakeholders recognized the value of correlating D7158 with the latest version of ASCE 7. The updates were balloted and approved via the ASTM consensus process.

“ARMA has always been a leader of progress and innovation in the roofing industry,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Spearheading the revision of the test standard that determines wind resistance of asphalt shingles shows ARMA’s commitment to the roofing community, building owners and home-owners alike. We continue to strive to make asphalt the leading roofing technology.”

ASTM D7158-16, “Standard Test Method for Wind Resistance of Asphalt Singles (Uplift Forces/Uplift Resistance Method),” is now available for purchase on the ASTM website. Learn more about ARMA at

Patented Material Protects Buildings, Roofs Against Rain, Wind

Patented material, Stormseal, protects buildings and roofs from wind and rain.

Patented material, Stormseal, protects buildings and roofs from wind and rain.

After devastating storms hit the Dandenongs, Victoria, in October more severe weather followed, but 90 homes initially affected were protected from further damage by Stormseal, a patented material, designed to heat-seal buildings and roofs against wind and rain when damaged by storms or left open during construction.  But more accredited fitters need training.

Nick Hatch, Director of Insurance Roofing Services – which looks after securing damaged homes following storms, says after more bad weather hit they received no calls to resecure covers from homes fitted with Stormseal.

Stormseal inventor and managing director, Matthew Lennox, says the company is working with Pinnacle Safety and Training and offering Stormseal national accredited training programs to tradespeople while Australian insurance companies are hopeful more tradesman will be trained sooner rather than later.

The idea for Stormseal came to managing director Matthew Lennox when he was overseeing repairs and reconstruction on behalf of several insurance companies following storm episodes and during continual wet and windy conditions, where he saw damages claims multiply due to failing tarpaulins. He also presented his invention on the “ABC’s New Inventors” show and it took off from there.

EPDM Coatings Announces Caribbean Territorial Sales Agent for Liquid Rubber

EPDM Coatings, distributor of liquid EPDM rubber for North and South America, is pleased to announce that it has approved Innovative Building Systems in Nassau Bahamas (IBS) as the territorial sales agent for the Caribbean. Over the past year through their initial marketing efforts; it was apparent that IBS is able to increase product sales and promote the product in the surrounding countries. Greg Kazmierczak, vice president of commercial sales for EPDM Coatings identified an opportunity. During the past years Mr. Kazmierczak stated his sales staff needed to turn down business due to the logistics of sending product through Miami and having customers in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and other countries wait several weeks for product to arrive. They have been looking for a strategic partner and now with the ability of IBS to stock inventory the delivery times are significantly decreased.

IBS President Guilden Gilbert states that he is committed to increasing the sales effort and invest in promotion and advertising throughout the region. In the initial projects where the Liquid EPDM was applied Mr. Gilbert stated there was an opportunity in this area of the world where other coatings would not withstand the saltwater environments. He further added there are benefits of the Liquid EPDM over standard elastomerics or acrylics and silicones. The Liquid EPDM surpassed our expectations as well as the expectations of our customers. There is nothing like it on the market and we have hopes that it will be the standard for many of the roofs throughout the Caribbean. We have made a financial commitment and have gone through the manufacturer’s certification program.

Liquid Rubber is the only Liquid EPDM Rubber in the world. Now with over a 25 year history of success it has become the choice of thousands of customers worldwide. This one coat application extends your existing roof another 18-20 years. Its success is in the chemical cross-linking that occurs allowing the Liquid EPDM to chemically fuse itself to the roofing substrate.