Hail Damage to Single-ply Roofs


Date: August 5, 2014

Contact: Jamie Barnett, 877-823-7873, jamie@surecoatsystems.com

Hail damage undetected in well formulated single-ply membranes in parts of the Western US.

In a recent bulletin published by WSRCA, a Linked In professional group of Roofing Contractors, preliminary reports of latent hail damage went undetected for months and in some cases, years in certain thermoplastic single-ply membranes.

Harsh climates with extreme temperature variance cause single-ply roofing membranes, specifically PVC and TPO, to deteriorate at a more accelerated rate than the same roofing material performs in other climates with less extreme weather. Unfortunately, these weathered single-ply roofs are more vulnerable to damage caused by hail impact.

Latent hail damage is often undetected until further damage has begun to manifest, causing roof leaks, roof failures and roof substrate damage. This type of hail damage is the unseen damage created by the initial impact of hail. Left unprotected through prolonged periods of time, latent hail damage can result in the need for a roof tear-off or re-roof and roofing substrate repairs.


Don’t wait until she tests your roof!

Much of the Western US is affected by hail storms. If you are a property owner in an area commonly affected by hail, you know just how costly and inconvenient hail damage can be to your building and even your daily business operations. The cost and inconvenience to have your roof and roofing substrate replaced due to hail damage takes this inconvenience to another level with a potential closing of the business, damaged assets or loss of tenants. Property owners and insurance companies in this part of the country know that they cannot avoid Mother Nature. What many of them are discovering now is a product that can stand up to good ol’ Mother Nature herself!

The SureCoat Roof System can be used to repair all levels of hail damage on metal roofs, asphalt shingles, built-up roofs, SPF, PVC, TPO, EPDM, Hypalon and other single-ply membranes The SureCoat Roof System has a perfected elongation of 400% and sustains an elongation of 160% at freezing.  The SureCoat Roof System has an advanced tensile strength of 2800 psi.  ASTM weathered testing results did not show any signs of cracking, splitting, separation or rupture when under examination; magnified 10 times through ASTM hail resistance testing which meets or exceeds FM standards.

What this means for property owners and insurance companies: Future hail damage to a SureCoat Roof is rare. In the event that there was future damage or future penetrations made to an existing SureCoat roof, the repairs would be a minimal cost with minimal labor. The continuous bonding properties and cross-linked nature of SureCoat creates a waterproof, monolithic seal that is self-adhered and self-flashing. A SureCoat roof repair melts into the existing SureCoat Roof becoming a part of it, without leaving a cold-joint. Read more about SureCoat for hail damage.


About SureCoat Systems

SureCoat Systems specializes in waterproofing systems for industrial and commercial flat and low-sloped roofing, exterior walls and concrete. SureCoat Systems have developed an exclusive line of waterproofing products that conserve on energy and protect buildings from water intrusion! Visit www.surecoatsystems.com to learn more or call and speak with a waterproofing specialist today at 877-823-7873.
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