Contractors are lining up to receive accreditation in the new material, known as Stormseal, which covers a damaged structure until permanent repairs can be made. The product is manufactured from polyethylene resins combined with fire-retardant and ultraviolet-resistant additives, resulting in a strong plastic film that strengthens a structure without damaging the underlying materials.
ConstructoMax president and owner Kevin Nemes, who attended a recent Stormseal training day, said the system was easy to use and his team worked with it well. "For our next storm project we'll be using [Stormseal] to waterproof the house so we can get in and work,” he said. “It's just a great product, all around.”
Stormseal founder and managing director Matthew Lennox said the product was a massive improvement on tarps for contractors. “Most of the people getting the training are looking for a better solution,” he said. “They’re the ones who get the call at 2 a.m. saying that the tarp has failed, and they’re sick and tired of having that happen. They’re looking for something that’s going to work.”
Brian Meyer, from Meyer's Pride Roofing, said it was great to not have to rely on a hardware store. “[The Stormseal training] was very cool,” he said. “It's a very good product I'm sure it’s going to be on all kinds of roofs in the near future. It’s great to be a part of it.” Meyer said the biggest takeaway was not having to use tarps anymore “I’d like to outfit my truck to have [Stormseal] always on hand," he said.
Lennox said Stormseal saved contractors from having to go out, assess the job and then drive to the nearest hardware store to buy a tarp. “It’s really not a good system,” he said. “It wastes time, and often the tarp is the wrong size so they end up having to go and get another one. Instead, a roll of Stormseal can sit on the back of the truck at all times, and be cut to size on site to fit the job.”
Roofing businesses anywhere in the United States can now attend a hands-on, one-day training program through Optimum Training to become accredited as Stormseal installers. Once the training is complete, they will receive a unique login allowing them to purchase products from the Stormseal website.
Nemes said the training covered all bases in a great order. “The training was phenomenal,” he said. “Safety came into play early on so the guys got acclimated that they really need to know what they're doing so they can be safe and operate on the roofs. The technical aspect of it was awesome. Showing the guys how to weld… it was a good experience.”
For Meyer, the full safety training offered a chance to try out some new ropes and harnesses. “I felt much more comfortable after using those and trying out the equipment,” he said.
Register with Optimum Training to say goodbye to flapping tarps and never visit the hardware store for a tarp again.