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HBAGNO Endorses Resilient Reroofing Resolution in Louisiana

As a member of the HBAGNO (Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans), we're pleased regarding the newly approved resolution called "Resilient Roofing". Their goal is to enhance long-term housing and attract property insurance carriers to Southern Louisiana. The HBAGNO has recently as of January 17, 2023, adopted the 2021 IRC Code for the first time in Louisiana, which implements thorough roof construction standards, secondary leak protection, and sealed roof decks.

Over the past several years, the insurance market in Southern Louisiana has taken a huge plunge. That is mainly due to the numerous devastating storms and hurricanes that have damaged and or impacted the homes on the Coast of Louisiana. This has caused billions of dollars in damage, and more than 20 insurance carriers to leave including United Property and Casualty Insurance company who have announced they will not be renewing their policies as of the year 2023.

Two insurance companies that covered around 30,000 customers in the state announced in early December of last year that they were unable to pay out all their claims from Ida. This has minimized the insurance carriers left to insure the homes of Coastal Louisiana and has certainly caused an increase in insurance making insurance unaffordable to many families causing a crisis in Louisiana. If more big providers leave the state in the coming years, it could trigger a downward spiral in the housing market.

With continued efforts, HBAGNO achieves its annual goals with support from governmental administrators from across the seven-parish area it serves. On January 1, 2023, the new construction laws went into effect, and a resolution was put forth by the HBAGNO outlining specific steps to ensure that the new codes will be implemented according to the law. This particularly applies to the re-reroofing of an existing home. These new codes are being implemented in high-wind coastal areas, in hopes of providing a long-term solution to the insurance needs of Louisiana.

“With this resolution, we hope to continue the hard work of finding solutions that persuade insurance carriers to come back to Louisiana,” said Dan Mills, HBAGNO CEO. “As builders provide more resilient roofing, we hope to provide a long-term solution to our insurance needs in the face of ever-increasing coastal threats.”

The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans continues to host public forums to both explain the new code changes and gather input from the construction industry on the changes. These public forums are a necessity in helping homeowners and builders understand the terms to help ensure homeowners can get affordable insurance for years to come.

If your roof needs to be repaired, we recommend you take advantage of our consultation service before proceeding. We can replace damaged, broken, or aging shingles, while also providing more extensive repairs caused by wind and rain storms.

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