What kind of roof gets installed on my home and what kind of warranty do I receive?
MyStrongHome uses Malarkey Vista AR architectural shingles, or their equivalent if the shingles are unavailable. The Malarkey Vista AR shingle has a Class 3 impact resistant rating, a 12-year algae resistance warranty, limited lifetime material warranty protection, and a 12-year comprehensive warranty that states: “If the shingles are found to have manufacturing defects that will adversely affect the performance of the shingle, Malarkey will either repair, replace or pay for installation of new shingles plus a reasonable cost for underlayment and other materials.” These materials warranties accompany an additional warranty from MyStrongHome that covers the installation and labor for two years after the home is retrofitted.
What will MyStrongHome do to my house?
MyStrongHome assigns contractors to retrofit homes in hurricane-prone areas. We hire and manage proven contractors who will retrofit your home to reach the FORTIFIED Bronze standard set by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). The majority of the work our contractors do to your home to reach FORTIFIED Bronze is in the roof of your home. We nail together your roof deck and rafters using more nails than required by most building codes, replace typical felt/tar paper with a high wind resistant ice and water shield underlayment that sits between your roof deck and shingles, and we install roof shingles that have a superior wind rating. FORTIFIED Bronze also requires us to strengthen your home’s gable rafters, outriggers, and roof ventilation system. The work on your home generally takes 1-2 business days.
Who is going to do the work and how do I know it will be of high quality?
MyStrongHome only hires the best, proven contractors in your area. We only work with contractors we have tested on projects before, ensuring that the IBHS FORTIFIED standards are met. Additionally, MyStrongHome doesn’t pay your contractor until a third party inspects the quality of the work on your home and MyStrongHome receives the IBHS FORTIFIED Bronze certificate on your home. This ensures fast and cost-efficient work on your home.
How is FORTIFIED different than other roofing or mitigation measures I may take?
The major difference between the FORTIFIED standards and any other roofing or hazard mitigation standard is simple—the IBHS FORTIFIED system is scientifically tested, proven, and constantly improving. FORTIFIED is a holistic approach to strengthening the entire roof system. Other mitigation programs might strengthen one feature of a home, but leave another major part of the home unprotected. With FORTIFIED, the whole roof system is strengthened together at the same time. Additionally, most mitigation programs in the United States are dependent on government funding, while MyStrongHome uses your insurance policy to finance the improvements made to your home. MyStrongHome bridges the traditional gaps between home mitigation measures, insurance, and construction technology, with the homeowner being the chief beneficiary.
Can you describe the kind of building materials MyStrongHome uses to strengthen homes?
MyStrongHome uses roof shingles that are designed to meet or exceed the following industry standards: ASTM D7158 Class H, ASTM D3462, ASTM D3161 Class F, ASTM D3018 Type 1, CSA A123.5, ICC Approval – ESR-3150, FBC Approval – #14809. The FORTIFIED Standards are designed to reduce the likelihood of roof shingles blowing off in a windstorm. In addition, the water and wind barrier adhered to the roof decking under the shingles protects the interior and your personal property from water damage should shingle loss occur. Other improvements include protecting roof ventilation system from taking on water during windstorms, strengthening of gable overhangs, strengthening gable wall sheathing, and strengthening vinyl and aluminum soffits to reduce failures that open your attic areas to wind and water. To understand how a sealed roof deck can protect the interior of your home, please watch a demonstration video by clicking here.