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Very Severe Hail: What You Should Know to Protect Your Building

FiberTite Very Severe Hail Protection
October 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

By FiberTite.

Join FiberTite in the conversation about extreme weather tests and extreme performance for commercial roofing.

FiberTite proves its resiliency in leadership, recently becoming the only KEE manufacturer to earn FM-Global's VSH (very severe hail) rating in the commercial building envelope.

VSH testing by FM-Approvals challenges companies with tests using extreme chemical exposure and roof endurance, required for 25+ year old roofs. FiberTite rose to the occasion when challenges by these tests and surpasses the competition with the operational security needed for quality roofs.

FM-Global raised the bar on system hail resistance

In the United States, FM-Global has determined minimum performance requirements for FM insured commercial roofing systems to be classified as VSH rated. For establishing best practices for building protection, FM-Global is the leader in the industry. Listings on FM-Approvals' RoofNav® are commonly used as a basis of design for many building and construction projects.

Where are FM designated hail zones in the U.S.?

FM Global has designated hail zones in the US based on the type of hailstones most familiar to the area.
These three zone categories are used when designing, specifying and constructing buildings to ensure they can withstand hailstones without failure.

  • FM Global Moderate Hail Zone (Green) - hail size does not exceed 1.75 in. (44 mm) for the 15-year mean recurrence interval (MRI)

  • FM Global Severe Hail Zone (Orange) - hail size exceeds 1.75 in. (44 mm) but does not exceed 2 in. (51 mm) for the 15-year mean recurrence interval (MRI)

  • FM Global Very Severe Hail Zone (Red) - hail size exceeds 2 in. (51 mm) for the 15-year mean recurrence interval (MRI)

Trust FiberTite

There are many threats to consider when selecting your roofing system. Adding hail to this list requires the support of a roofing manufacturer you can trust.  FiberTite's 40+ year formulation utilizing Ketone-Ethylene-Ester (KEE) meets the bar set by FM-Global. FiberTite is the only KEE roofing manufacturer to do so and this has been achieved with our original 36 MIL membrane.

Trust the original KEE formula and the truth that FiberTite is the leader in resiliency.

What is resiliency?

Resiliency means protecting a building’s ability to remain fully operational despite severe weather events, environmental contamination and man-made wear and tear.
Roof resiliency is crucial for many critical facilities.

Read more: How a Resilient Roof Protects Against Food Contamination

FiberTite understands your needs

  • Building owners:  FiberTite supports the needs related to operational security and the building owners desire for FM-Insured coverage in a VSH zone.  FiberTite offers three distinct single-ply options and the appropriate FM-Approvals' RoofNav listings needed to meet these demands.

  • Consultants/specifiers: The long-term performance history of FiberTite, including critical roofing performance concerns like chemical and puncture resistance supports your owners need for a VSH system with 14 listings ready to be installed today.

  • Architects: Building owners rely on architects to guide them with the overall project construction. As a trusted adviser, architects must understand the purpose of the structure as well as the importance of that purpose. FiberTite delivers 360 degrees of protection for that roofing system, including chemical, puncture, fire, wind and hail resistance.

  • Contractor: FiberTite values our certified contractors. Disruptions on the job-site can cause delays and we strive to provide the proper training and background to minimize disruptions and control cost.

Learn more about FiberTite in their RoofersCoffeeShop® Directory.

Original article source: FiberTite



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