Rockdale, Australia — An Australian-invented plastic film that protects storm-damaged buildings is soon to make its way to the U.S. market.
Stormseal is manufactured by Stormseal Industries Pty. Ltd. at its factory in Rockdale, a community in southern Sydney. The low density polyethylene film is heat shrunk to seal damaged roofs or walls to provide secure protection from wind, rain and hail until permanent repairs are made.
It can be in place up to 12 months and needs no adjustment during use. It replaces the traditional method of using tarpaulins to cover damage, which often require replacement or resecuring after two to three months.
Already used by one of Australia's largest insurers, Stormseal's inventor and Stormseal Industries Managing Director Matthew Lennox is now in talks with a U.S. insurance company's claims manager, which he would not name, to bring the product to the American market.
A former insurance repair contractor, Lennox told Plastics News he came up with the idea to shrink wrap damaged buildings after trying to protect hundreds of homes and commercial buildings during a series of damaging hailstorms in Sydney in 2007.