Sunday's hail storm wreaked havoc on hundreds of homes by denting roofs and shattering shingles, but what if there was a way to prevent the damage? One Lubbock businessman created just that – a material installed under shingles to help prevent hail damage - among a long list of other purposes.
It's called TruProtect and it's created right here in Lubbock. Its creator, Mike McDonald, has been working to build the perfect material since 1983. It wasn't until about eight years ago that he finally found it, and in 2004 he started to sell it. Just starting off his business in his garage with his wife, McDonald had no idea how fast and how far the material would be sold.
This one of a kind material is now sold nationwide with clients like hospitals, the federal government, FBI, CIA and U.S. Military. You can also find this innovative material installed in hundreds of homes around the nation.
The layered panels are multipurpose, but it McDonald says it lives up to it's original patented promise – to protect against hail damage.
"The TruProtect roof, tested side by side with a roof without it, had 50% less damage and 100% less structural damage. So, in other words, what it did is absorb the impact of the hail stones," McDonald said.
That's not the only thing TruProtect protects against. McDonald says the panels are energy efficient and help keep heat out.
"In the half inch product you have seven reflective layers and six air zones that are all sandwiched together so heat can't go through it," McDonald said. "We've actually had people that put this on their roof on a house they've lived in quite a while, and it dropped their utility by 60%."
The list of uses doesn't stop there. McDonald says clients like the FBI use his products to line the walls of interrogation rooms to help sound proof them. He says with a certain thickness – the panels can actually block out radio frequencies and block cell phone service in the rooms where it's lined.
If you're looking to use these panels on your home, it can cost you several thousand dollars. McDonald says the quarter inch is sold at $1.25 a square foot, and the half inch is priced at $1.75.
To learn more about TruProtect you can visit their website by (clicking here).
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