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.

Mobile App Provides Roofing Contractors With Hail Storm Data at Exact Locations

OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device.

OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device.

OneSite Mobile, a mobile app from CertainTeed Roofing partner HailStrike, will help credentialed roofing contractors in storm-affected areas with mobile access to hail storm data. With site-specific reporting the app helps roofing contractors locate storm-torn roofs without needing to piece together information from several sources.

Available at a discount for CertainTeed Roofing credentialed contractors, OneSite Mobile allows access to hail reporting data from a mobile device. The only input needed is a property address, which can be either automatically geolocated or entered manually. The app then finds hail storm activity for that address since January 2011, including size, duration, storm speed, storm direction and probability of hail activity, and creates a report in minutes.

Since 2011, HailStrike has offered hail reports. The company uses interactive maps to help roofing contractors track hailstorm paths throughout the continental U.S. HailStrike offers CertainTeed ShingleMasters, SELECT ShingleMasters, Silver Star Contractors and Gold Star Contractors access to this information in the field.

Roofing contractors with HailStrike tracking have access to storm tracking software that trails the storm and includes the size of hail. Those with AniSwath have access to a colorized and animated hail swath map. It is a tool that provides the footprint of a hailstorm for contractors, including probability of severe hail and duration of a storm. The OneSite tool provides information for hail activity at exact locations. With OneSiteMobile, roofing contractors can see the storm’s strength, speed, direction, probability and duration, plus the app allows access to the hail reports at the specified location.

Patented Invention is Designed to Seal Damaged Buildings and Roofs

Australian invention Stormseal super seals buildings and roofs damaged by storms or left open during construction.

Australian invention Stormseal seals buildings and roofs damaged by storms or left open during construction.

Stormseal is a patented invention designed to seal buildings and roofs damaged by storms or left open during construction. Stormseal will aid weather victims, their insurers and builders, thanks to a $452,162 federal government commercialization grant.

Stormseal’s Founder and Managing Director Matthew Lennox said the funding would allow his company to fully commercialize the product. Stormseal is a patented polyethylene film that heat shrinks to cover damaged roofs or walls, providing weather protection.

The idea for Stormseal came to Mr. 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 the damage claims multiply fourfold due to failing tarpaulins.

Tests have found Stormseal to be easier to install than a tarpaulin and can be cut and tailored at the worksite. It is currently available for use with training needed for installation. The federal government commercialization grant will allow increased production to meet demand.

Two patents have been granted for Stormseal film and the application method together with trademarks.

The funding was announced by the Mr. Wyatt Roy, assistant minister for innovation, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science under the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Program.

The National Storm Damage Center Develops Website for Impending Weather

The National Storm Damage Center has developed a portal that offers forensic, geo-targeted technology.

The National Storm Damage Center has developed a portal that offers forensic, geo-targeted technology.

The National Storm Damage Center has developed a portal that offers forensic, geo-targeted technology that can detect every critical characteristic of an impending tornado, hurricane and storm, including the precise addresses that will be most affected. The portal pairs homeowners with prescreened certified roofing and building contractors, along with the nation’s leading public insurance adjusters who work on behalf of the policy owner, not an insurance carrier. Learn more about becoming a certified contractor at StormDamageCenter.org.