Can the American WeatherStar Ure-A-Sil System Withstand a Texas Hailstorm?
The following article is a powerful testament to the strength of the American WeatherStar Ure-A-Sil System. While we cannot guarantee a system against severe hail, we are confident the Ure-A-Sil system is the strongest fluid-applied system on the market. Pure silicone systems offer great benefits to commercial building owners, but they cannot compete with the strength of the combined system of a urethane base coat and silicone top coat.
On the evening of April 21, 2017, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car sales office located at 605 Coit Road in Plano, Texas was slammed by a powerful hailstorm moving East-southeast at 37.9 miles per hour. Multiple officials confirmed the storm produced hailstones as large as 2 inches in diameter and was estimated to have lasted for approximately five minutes. Enterprise Rent-A-Car reported that every car on the property had been severely damaged as a result of the storm. Some cars were so badly damaged; they were totaled out by the insurance companies.
A few days later, Bobby Norrell of Galt Construction was contacted by the facility manager to perform an onsite evaluation of the damage to the building. Upon arrival, he immediately noticed damage to the structure. The vinyl siding on the north and west sides of the building were riddled with large holes. The metal fascia of the building had indentions that were at least 3 to 4 inches apart. The EFIS system around the perimeter of the building had obvious holes from the hail.
“After arriving on the property and seeing all the hail damage from the ground, I knew that the roof system had to be totaled out. When you show up to a property and the vinyl siding, gutters, signage, and metal roof panel canopies are totaled out, we in the industry instantly assume that the roofing system is gone,” stated Mr. Norrell.
It was not until Mr. Norrell climbed unto the roof that he noticed something. “It was obvious the roof system had sustained a lot of damage. Every vent was beat flat, the HVAC units had dents in the covers, and the edge metal was destroyed. It looked like someone took a hammer to all the metal on the roof. One thing I noticed was that there was no damage to the roof system.”
It was determined that the roof system in place was an American WeatherStar Ure-A-Sil system. This was determined by the silver colored urethane base coat (AWS Aromatic Urethane 520) with the white silicone top coat (AWS Silicone 410).
After examination of the roofing system, Mr. Norrell found several large indentions in the roof system. It was apparent that the underlying modified bitumen roofing system had sustained some damage, and even fractures into the insulation systems underneath.
However, the AWS system showed minimal damage. “I had to crawl around on my hands and knees and inspect every hit. After a couple hours, I was only able to find two locations where the silicone layer had been torn. Even then, the tears in the silicone layer were less than one centimeter length and the urethane layer was unaffected.”
To his surprise, the AWS Ure-A-Sil system was virtually intact. “In the industry, we are constantly bombarded with coating manufacturers as a restoration system. To date I have always been let down by the performances of the coating or restoration products. After seeing the American WeatherStar Ure-A-Sil systems performance, I believe I can now offer a product that not only performs as a restoration product, but can truly handle the tough environment that Texas dishes out.”
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