“It’s fantastic to be part of such a unique, first-of-its-kind program. It was a no-brainer for us to join the NSDC. They’ve upped the ante with this platform and business model. The NSDC is a great opportunity." -- TJ Elbert, owner of Elbert Construction
PLANO, TEXAS (PRWEB) February 11, 2015
Roofing contractors around the country are flocking to sign up with the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), which developed a revolutionary forensic, geo-targeted technology that can detect every critical characteristic of an impending tornado, hurricane and storm, including the precise addresses that will be most affected.
The impact this technology will have on the roofing industry and contractors is immense, according to Trevor Leeds, CEO of the NSDC, and some of the nation’s leading roofing and building contractors.
Dozens of the country’s top contractors have signed up to be part of the NSDC’s innovative portal, which pairs up homeowners with prescreened certified roofing and building contractors, along with the nation’s leading public insurance adjusters who work on behalf of the policy owner, not an insurance carrier.
Early adopters include Aspenmark Roofing and Solar in Dallas, Triton Roofing and Solar in Colorado, Collis Roofing in Florida, Elbert Construction in Indianapolis and McKinnis Roofing in Nebraska.
“It’s fantastic to be part of such a unique, first-of-its-kind program,” says TJ Elbert, owner of Elbert Construction. “It was a no-brainer for us to join the NSDC. They’ve upped the ante with this platform and business model.
"The NSDC is a great opportunity for us to work together with insurance companies and adjusters for the benefit of the property owner,” he adds. “By using trusted contractors and trusted adjusting companies, the NSDC provides a smoother overall experience of a claim for all parties involved. It is nice to be a part of an organization that brings the insurance company, the insured, the adjuster, and the contractor all together for a positive experience."
The NSDC was created by Leeds and Dave Carlson, two of the primary players who brought EagleView Technologies to market. EagleView is a pioneer of aerial imagery and data analytics for the insurance and construction industries.
After departing EagleView, Carlson discovered the NSDC’s platform, and together with Leeds, purchased it as the basis to launch their ground-breaking technology.
“What we designed is a state-of-the-art and innovative consumer interface that touches a property owner, roofing and building contractors and public insurance adjuster at the time of need, right after a storm hits and devastates a property,” Leeds says.
“With the NSDC, we are consolidating an otherwise fragmented and unaware storm damage industry with resources, tools and education and overlaying all of that onto a one-of-a-kind weather technology platform,” he adds.
This is the first time all of these capabilities have been combined and rolled it in under one umbrella to detect the exact location and intensity of a storm, whether it involves a tornado, hurricane, flash floods or a fierce baseball-size hail storm – anywhere in the world.
“Our 24/7/365 next-generation forensic weather-reporting monitoring system features geo-targeted coordinates, has more than 95% accuracy and can monitor any home or property in the world, right down to its exact address,” Leeds says.
Current storm-detection technology is delayed, is only 60% accurate and “cannot come close to pinpointing the precise location of where a storm is going to strike,” Carlson points out.
The NSDC utilizes multiple next-generation weather-radar systems hardware and proprietary algorithms to collect the most critical storm information and weather-mapping reports.
“With our technology, we can tell you exactly when a storm is going to hit, the size and intensity of it, and the duration of it,” Leeds adds. “There isn’t a technology that exists today that can do that.”
“It’s amazing technology,” says Chris Zazo, owner of Aspenmark. “I’m genuinely astonished as to what Trevor and Dave did. They’ve changed the face of the industry. This is a true game-changer.”
The problem with weather forensic platforms that exist today is that they do not feature useful and effective tools for information and resources for property owners before or following a disastrous storm, top roofing contractors say.
One of biggest complaints by homeowners after a storm event is that they feel taken advantage of by unscrupulous “storm-chasing” contractors. They also feel they have been underpaid on their insurance claims -- or their claim has been unfairly denied all together by their insurance carrier.
The NSDC’s public-adjustor partnership will be a liaison between the homeowner, contractor and insurance carrier, a first-of-its-kind program. The public adjuster will go “toe to toe” with insurance carriers to maximize a claim for the homeowner.
“The NSDC brings a level of education, information and resources to a property owner after a storm and it connects them to licensed and certified contractors so they’re not being taken advantage of by storm chasers or an insurance carrier who attempts to reduce the amount of their claim or deny it altogether,” Zazo says.
Before the creation of NSDC, organizations of this nature were geared only towards contractors, not homeowners – it was more of a platform exclusive for select contractors paying to get the leads following a storm.
“We wanted to take a different approach,” Leeds says. “We not only want to provide certified contractors to customers, but we want to provide ongoing training and education to the consumer, as well as the contractor, as to how to properly manage and mitigate the claims process with the insurance carriers.
“We want to give consumers a place to get valuable information at the click of a button,” he adds. “We don’t want them to have to wait in a time of crisis. We wanted them to be able to go to the site and use resourceful tools to get current information.”