Sam Kassam, owner of “The Cage” batting cage located at Shouldice Park in Calgary, Alberta, contacted us with a roofing dilemma most people will never encounter. Baseballs being driven into his roof. The batting cage is located on a sloped concrete pad outdoors and has a circus tent-like mesh to contain the balls. In the center are the ball launchers which fire balls up to 80 mph at the batter. Many are driven directly into the roof of the structure. Sam has tried many roof coverings over the years and due to the severe conditions, they have not lasted very long.
The Cage has thousands of visitors each year who come to practice their batting skills. Some are at a high skill level and hit balls over 100mph into the netting and directly onto the roof. “The impact speed of the balls is typically between 30mph and 100mph,” Sam says. “I would estimate that of the 500,000 or so balls hit during the first season (Euroshield roofing was installed for the start of the 2017 season in April), around 100,000 of them hit the Euroshield Heritage Slate roof within those speeds in this first full season. Sam had heard about Euroshield roofing and how hail resistant it was so he decided to give it a try. Sam commented… “On inspection of the roof at the end of the season, I do not see any visible signs the roof has been damaged in any way. It still looks like the day it was installed. I am extremely pleased and amazed”. For more info on the Euroshield rubber roofing line visit www.euroshieldroofing.com