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The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has initiated a long-term aging program to study performance of aged roofing materials when subjected to severe weather, high wind or impact tests. 

Several IBHS closed claims studies show that older buildings have higher claim frequencies in a variety of natural disasters. In some cases, this may be due to changes in building codes requiring stronger construction for new buildings. In other instances, it could be due to degradation of building materials or poor maintenance practices for older buildings.

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Jayleen R. Heft

Jayleen Heft is the digital content editor for PropertyCasualty360.com. Contact her at [email protected]

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