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.