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Your MN Roof and Hail Damage

Your MN Roof and Hail Damage

Recently in the Twin Cities we’ve have some severe spring storms.  Heavy rain and hail will wreak havoc on roofs and gutters, it is inevitable, especially when you live in a heavily precipitated area such as Minnesota. To avoid major damage such as leaking, water damage and damage to your foundation it is important to get your roof assessed regularly. Unfortunately, there are some roofing contractors out there that are inexperienced, so be mindful of who you hire to do the work for you. Reputable roofing companies such as Quarve Contracting in MN offer reliable storm damage repair services.

Roofs & the Danger of Hailstones

hail_on_roofAlready this spring Minnesota has experienced several rain and hailstorms that left severe damage on many rooftops and caused residents to worry about their safety. Twin Cities saw hailstorms that resulted in hailstones greater than 1-1/2” plummeting down onto rooftops. Even pea-size hail can cause trouble, but hailstones of that size are cause for concern.

When hailstones strike a  roof, the impact can cause rupturing of the reinforcement mat.  This breaks down the roof’s ability to shed water and could lead to water seeping into the underlying structure of the roof. When hailstones are forcefully rained down upon your asphalt roof, the granules in the shingles can shed, and the force of the impact could possibly break down the roofing materials. This significantly reduces the normal life expectancy of your shingled roof. Hailstones of such a large size can cause insurmountable damage to homes and roofs, resulting in frenzied homeowners and often water damage throughout the home.

Recognizing Hail Damage to Your Roof

Damage to a roof caused by hailstones may be immediately recognizable, but this is not always the case. On some occasions, it can take a few days for splits to appear in the wood or other surface of the roof. When the area is clear of falling hail and the storm has passed, assess the area of your  home for damage. If trees and other foliage appear to have been damaged, this is a sign that your roof could have been as well. Check patio furniture and screens for dents; this is another sign of damage caused by hail.

When to Act

If you recognize damage in your roof, you should act immediately. Please do not attempt to fix this yourself. There are roofing professionals that are around to help you get the job done efficiently and safely.  And if your roof has sustained hail damage, your siding may have as well – it’s a good idea to inspect the exterior of your house.  When a hailstorm his the Minneapolis area, please consider calling Quarve Contracting in MN to help with all of your roofing and siding needs.

 

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