Hundreds of Calgary homes were damaged in the intense hail of June 13, 2020. CITY OF CALGARY REPORT
More than half of the estimated $ 1.4 billion damage from a hailstorm in June was on the roofs of Calgary. This led to a proposal for a discount for townhouses converted to high impact clapboard.
Last year, thousands of homes were damaged in a June hail storm that struck northeast and parts of southeast Calgary.
Many of these houses were in Coun. George Chahal’s District 5. Last July, Chahal urged the city to find ways to mitigate the costly damage from future severe weather events.
In the Priority and Finance Committee on Tuesday, the city government will come up with a 12-point plan to do this.
The roof and siding plan contains 12 action points, seven of which are dedicated to education. The city aims to engage homeowners, the development industry, and other stakeholders to improve the resilience of Calgary homes.
Comprehensive damage control from Darren Krause
The plan also includes the installation of a hail monitoring network that could extend west to allow for advance notice. In addition, they draft building codes that could apply to homes in hail zones.
“We need to have a discussion and educate the public and stakeholders about the significance of these weather-related events,” Chahal told LiveWire Calgary on Friday.
“Calgary is in the heart of Hailstorm Alley.”
He said the city needs to initiate these talks about more resilient building materials. You will also learn more about implementation costs and the impact on house costs.
More than $ 800 million in damage to roofs
Chahal said hail damage to roofs was by far the most expensive. He said that around $ 800 million of the damage was on roofs in June 2020.
He said by encouraging replacing roofs with more resilient shingles, they hope more Calgarians who upgrade will get the ball rolling.
Part of the city’s strategy is a proposed $ 2,000 discount on the cost of roof replacement. The homeowner would have to upgrade to impact-resistant (Class IV asphalt) shingles. Together with the discount, the city is hoping to create a model pilot that qualifies for reduced insurance premiums.
Suggested impact resistant r … by Darren Krause
They want at least 50 houses in each of the city’s four quadrants to participate. According to the city, the beneficiaries and admission criteria will be determined in April.
Chahal said the city hoped to strengthen and he was urging the province to do the same.
“We need the province to take and support initiatives like this and offer more tax incentives or credits when homeowners switch to more resilient building products,” he said.
Work in the northeast is ongoing
Chahal said there is a lot of construction going on in the northeast. The siding is being replaced and the roofs are being repaired.
There is also still a lot of unrepaired damage, he said.
“I hope that over the next few months, as the weather has gotten better, we can continue to see our community fully rebuild and move forward,” said Chahal.
Chahal said a roundtable with insurers a few months ago helped remove some of the lingering claims-related issues. He said they took that information back and started implementing a program that could improve the process.
“I think they went through the process and we saw how much money was pouring into residents’ pockets so they could fix their homes,” he said.
“I think we had a large volume of claims that were being processed early on. It took you some time to catch up and make up your mind. “