Ah, spring is drawing near – that means hail, and hail means roof damage. In fact, in an average year, hail causes more than $1.6 billion worth of damage to residential roofs in the U.S., making it, year in and year out, one of the most costly natural disasters. “Hail Alley” – areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming – may be the center of the storm, but no one’s immune.
When FLASH talks about building homes beyond current building codes, we mean stepping up the product and the practice to a level that exceeds basic storm protection. When it comes to hail, that means using impact-resistant roof coverings with wrappers that state they have passed the UL 2218 impact test and qualified as either Class 1, 2, 3, or 4.These roof coverings are tested using steel balls dropped at varying heights and speeds. A roof that can stand up to class 4 impact may not save you from the worst that Hail Alley can dish out, but it will probably save you your deductible many times over. So reroof right and watch the hailstones fly.
Depending on your musical taste (that means you, Yanni-heads), Paradigm’s new Rock Monitor speakers may or may not be considered a home “improvement". I know, it’s not the first speaker to look like a rock, nor is it the prettiest, but Paradigm is a big name in high-end audio, so it may very well be the best sounding. Each of the faux fieldstones houses two 1-inch titanium offset dome tweeters and a 6 ½-inch woofer with dual voice coils. Geek to English, that means for most backyards you’ll only need a single rock to get stereo coverage. For bigger properties, you can arrange a veritable quarry of speakers to bathe every inch, if that’s your thing. They’re weatherproof (obviously), available in a variety of finishes, and include a security cable for those "can-I-borrow-that" type neighbors. Available very soon at $249 a pop.