Severe thunderstorms frequently are accompanied by hailstorms. As population density has increased and spacing between residential and commercial buildings has decreased in many metropolitan areas, there has been rapid growth in the number of hailstorms that cause hundreds of millions of dollars – or more than a billion dollars in damage. Property owners pay for this damage in several ways, including through inconvenience and being responsible for insurance policy deductibles when losses occur. Fortunately, impact-resistant roof covers can reduce losses and associated property ownership costs.
The latest issue of Disaster Safety Review examines recent hail field research, vinyl siding studies at the IBHS Research Center, and looks at Sandy by the numbers.
What you should know to avoid being taken by fraudulent contractors.
Post-cat hailstorm investigation project conducted by the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI), which includes IBHS.
The first-ever indoor hailstorm demonstration.
A summary of the first-ever indoor hailstorm demonstration.
Nine steps to a FORTIFIED shingle roof for hurricane-prone areas.
Not all severe weather is alike. Why should your reactions be alike?
Significant hailstorms result in millions – and sometimes billions – of dollars in damages to roofs, siding, outdoor and roof mounted equipment, etc.
IBHS offers guidance to help consumers make the right choices when selecting a roof covering if they are in a hail-prone area.