St. Albans is a scenic community of towering bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, with breathtaking estates that blend refined outdoor living, architectural integrity and beauty. But with this picturesque setting sometimes comes severe seasonal weather, which can damage houses, particularly roofing.
In April 2014, a high-powered storm system swept St. Albans and the surrounding St. Louis area. Tornados, torrential rains, high winds, and golf ball- sized hail pummeled the region, cutting a swath of costly damage. In St. Albans, one of the hardest-hit towns, home roofing was ravaged by the storms.
Fortunately, the previous year local residential roofing contractors and exterior restoration experts Aspen Touch, LLC introduced St. Albans homeowners to Inspire® Classic Slate Roofing from The Tapco Group, an industry-leading provider of premium building solutions. Brian Teipel, Aspen Touch, LLC co-owner and seasoned contractor, installed Inspire Classic Slate on two St. Albans homes.
Little did the homeowners know that the next year, they would be the envy of their neighborhood – and not just because of the architecture-enhancing aesthetics. It was the extreme spring weather that made them the talk of the town – and Inspire Classic’s incredible durability.
Amazingly, the Inspire Classic Slate roofs were the only two in the subdivision left unscathed. Despite being hit just as hard as neighboring homes by what Brian described as “racquetball-sized hail,” the Inspire Classic Slate roofs weathered the storms with grace. The homeowners and neighbors were astonished. Brian soon received calls from other residents requesting Inspire Classic Slate to protect and enhance their homes.
“Inspire Classic Slate is awesome. It installs faster than natural slate, is unbelievably durable, and has a beautiful clean look. It stands up to anything, and stands apart from the other roofing in the subdivision,” said Brian Teipel. “All of the real slate, wood shake, and asphalt roofs were damaged by hail, but our Inspire Classic roofs weren’t even nicked. Classic is a harder, thicker material that also holds ice’s weight better than other roofing, a big benefit for weather extremes.”