Andrew Whitehurst owns Pegasus Roofing P/L – the third generation of his family to do so – and has been proudly protecting storm-damaged structures with Stormseal since February 2019.
“I saw Stormseal on a damaged roof in Berowra after the 2018 hailstorm. There was a tarp on the roof next door. The tarp blew off; Stormseal stayed put. I was impressed, so I did my research, did the installer training and business took off.
Stormseal’s great for our reputation, which is good for business: our turnover has increased by 33% in the past year. The installer training takes a little bit of money and a day off the job, but it’s a big opportunity to grow your business and get the rewards. You only need one licensed installer per crew. You can train more as your business grows.
Big storms – like the massive hailstorm in Canberra in January 2020 – are happening more often, so demand for Stormseal is going to keep growing. We’ve had to contract an additional crew of four to keep up.
Residents love our work with Stormseal so, more often than not, they get us to quote for their permanent roof repairs too, once their insurance claim is paid. We get more leads and win more jobs because we’ve earned their trust, and they recommend us to others. I’d always prefer to use Stormseal than tarps, because I can take pride in my work and we get more work as a result.
When we cover someone’s home or business with Stormseal, they relax and start smiling again. I feel good knowing we’ve made them feel safe and comfortable. They’ll have no more sleepless nights because Stormseal is quiet and totally weatherproof. That means I sleep better too, because I don’t get called in the middle of the night or on a Sunday morning to fix a flapping or leaking tarp!
People always blame the roofer for failing tarps: they reckon you haven’t put them on properly. But it’s just impossible to attach tarps securely, no matter how tight you make the ropes or how many sandbags you use; and tarps never work on flat or complicated roofs. With Stormseal, we can heat and shrink-wrap it to fit pretty much any shape.
If you put a tarp on a storm-damaged roof – even an expensive tarp – you just know you’re going to get called back when it slips or collapses, and rain pours in. You get called back again and again by the residents, who get more anxious and fed up as the damage to their property increases. Tarps make you look bad – you look like you don’t know what you’re doing – and people get angry.”