Archive for the ‘Minnesota storm damage’ Category

GAF-Elk Shingles Now Pass Two Toughest ASTM Wind Tests For Superior Protection

January 10, 2011

GAF-Elk Shingles Now Pass Two Toughest ASTM Wind Test

GAF Materials Corporation, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, today confirms that every shingle it manufactures now passes the two toughest wind tests in the roofing industry: ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph. Roofing contractors in the U.S. can now install any GAF-Elk shingle in any area without concern about whether they comply with national or local wind speed requirements. To its knowledge, GAF may be the only shingle manufacturer that can make this claim.

In order to pass these arduous ASTM tests, the shingles were first subjected to 110 mph winds using ASTM’s testing protocol. Not only did the GAF-Elk shingles pass, but they exceeded the test requirements by enduring the test conditions for a full two hours, showing no damage. They were then tested using the 150 mph wind test protocol, and passed again, thanks to GAF-Elk’s DuraGrip® adhesive’s tight seal.

In case some contractors think that wind may not be a major concern outside of obvious coastal areas, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (who develop wind guidelines for construction in the U.S.), the lowest wind speed that home designers should plan for is 85 miles per hour. In fact, for about 110 million people in the United States from Maine to Texas, codes require 110 mph or greater ASTM classifications. Further, high winds are not just a concern for coastal regions, as local geography can cause high winds at peaks, mountain passes, or large water bodies.

The threat is real. According to The Institute for Business and Home Safety, more than 60% of all homes in the U.S. are vulnerable to damage from high winds generated by storms and heavy rains. Blown-off shingles can leave a home vulnerable to water damage, mildew, and mold and damaged roofs are expensive to repair. As part of its continuing effort to provide the highest quality shingles to homeowners, GAF-Elk submitted to ASTM’s severe testing regimen and successfully proved the quality and reliability of its shingles for use in any market in the U.S.

Because of GAF-Elk’s stringent standards, only the top 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite contractors! Choosing a GAF-Elk Master Elite contractor is your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor — not some “fly-by-nighter.”

Source: http://www.gaf.com

Storm Damage Repair For Minnesota Homeowners

August 19, 2010

Storm Damage Restoration For Minnesota Homeowners

After the storms that have passed through Minnesota this year, many homes have been left with significant property damage that is difficult for homeowners to discover or evaluate.

Professional Storm Damage Repair Contractors use the cutting edge software of Xactimate.  Insurance companies across the country recalculate the pricing for Storm Damage Restoration repairs on a quarterly basis.  The best way to stay up to speed with the constant changing in pricing is to be working on the same platform as the Insurance companies.  This is done with a software program called Xactimate.

This can make the process of working with your insurance adjusters hassle free by working with them directly for you with Xactimate, the industry standard software for Insurance Companies/Adjusters.

A Minnesota roofing contractor that is knowledgeable in storm restoration can assist you with the Insurance claim process including:

* Initiate claim
* Claim paper work
* Detailed estimate
* Meet with adjuster
* Negotiate the scope and cost of repairs with insurance company
* Arrange proper payment from insurance company to property owner

A Minnesota roofing contractor can assist you in filing your claim and work directly with your insurance company to help you through a very trying time.  Working on the same platform as the Insurance Adjusters allows storm damage repair contractors to work efficiently with the Insurance companies ensuring you, the homeowner, are receiving the proper funds for your restoration project.

When storms have damaged your property, find a Rapid Response Team that can be dispatched at a moments notice.

Maximize Your Insurance Claim For Roof Storm Damage

August 10, 2010

Dealing With Your Insurance Company After Storm Damage

Insurance companies know that property owners who experience hail storm damage are anxious to file their insurance claim.  They will often try to rush your claim through the system in the hopes that you will accept their findings at face value.  This costs property owners like you millions of dollars each year in underpaid or denied claims for legitimate hail damages.

Filing Your Insurance Claim

If you have not yet filed a claim, do so immediately.  There is a limited time in which to file your storm damage claim. When a claim is filed, make sure a MN hail damage and Insurance Claim Negotiation Expert is present to protect your interests when the insurance adjuster inspects your property.

Was Your Home Damaged In Any Of The Recent Hailstorms?

August 3, 2010

Hail Damage Minnesota

Hail storms have hit again and have caused significant damage to thousands of homes.

Living in Minnesota, we are all familiar with the extreme weather our beloved state can create.  Every year we experience a wide range of temperatures, weather conditions and of course POWERFUL thunderstorms and severe storms of all varieties.  The punishing storms that can leave the exterior of your home damaged are Hail Storms and Wind Storms. This results in red tape and paperwork from the insurance companies.

The Following Cities Experienced Hail and Wind Damage in the July 17th Storms.

  • Mound, Minnistrista, St. Bonifacius, Watertown, Cold Spring, St Martin, Kimball, Nicholas, Buffalo, Annandale, Staples, Little Falls, Winona, Hokah, Motley, Wadena, Kingston

The Cities Below Experienced Hail Damage in Excess of 1 Inch Along with Wind Damage in the June 25th Storms.

  • Golden Valley, Cottage Grove, Plymouth, St Paul, South St Paul, West St Paul, Inver Grove Heights.

The following cities in Minnesota experienced hail in excess of 1 Inch along with wind damage in the June 17th Storm 2010.  Get expert help with your hail damage claim from a MN hail damage and Insurance Claim Negotiation Expert.

  • Hackensack, Bemidji, Millerville, St. James, Bena, Gibbon, Blue Earth, South Haven, Winstead, St Augusta, Clear Lake, Medellia, East Grand Forks, St Cloud, Montecello, St Peter, Elk River, Buffalo, Pemberton, Rush City, Swatara, Mankato, Lake Crystal, Palmer Township

If your home is located in an area that was hit this year by hail, call a reliable storm damage expert to get a free damage analysis to see if your roof qualifies for a possible full roof replacement. Time is not on your side however so call right away to have roofing expert look at your roofs condition.  Get help Filing an Insurance Claim for your Roofing Project today!

More Severe Storms For Minnesota Homeowners

July 20, 2010

Severe Storms Drop Tornadoes and Hail In Cold Spring, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Mn in the news again.  Strong storms delivered another hit to parts of Minnesota including Cold Spring, Minnesota area on Saturday.

Strong thunderstorms ripped through central Minnesota Saturday afternoon.  It started in Stearns County where 4.25″ sized hail dropped near Cold Spring, MN, that has resulted in widespread damage.  Golf ball sized hail was reported.

The insidious nature of hail damage is that it may pose no immediate threat to the structural integrity of the roof.  However, many insurance companies have a “statute of limitations” of how long a hail claim is viable.  If you have experienced a loss such as hail damage, it is prudent to take care of the problem in a timely manner before it leads to other associated problems.

If your roof has any damage what-so-ever you have a VALID insurance claim and should file with your insurance company.  Insurance companies can not cancel your policy for a disaster related claim.

If you are wondering if your property has been damaged by the recent Minnesota hailstorm, contact a reliable roofing contractor that can help you identify and repair damage to hail damaged roofs.

Watertown, Minnesota Hail Rating Of 5.0

July 20, 2010

The hail that hit Watertown, Minnesota had a hail impact rating of 5.0.

Authorities have confirmed a number of tornado touchdowns across Minnesota, including one in Watertown, Minnesota that has resulted in widespread damage.  The line of storms dropped large hail across central Minnesota with a Hail Impact Rating of 5.0

There were reports of hail from 1 ½ inches and in excess of 4 inches in diameter.  The tornado was rated as a category EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which measures tornado strength.  The scale ranks tornadoes from 0 to 5, with 0 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest. The rankings are based upon damage caused by the storms, according to the weather service.

Hail damage repairs are likely necessary for property owners in Watertown as a result of this storm.  If your home has sustained hail or storm damage in the Watertown, Minnesota area, contact a qualified roofing contractor today!  A qualified roofer will asses and adequately document that damage exists and be your advocate throughout the entire insurance claim and repair process.


July 17 Tornadoes Batter Watertown, Minnesota

July 19, 2010

July 17 Hail Storm Damage In Minnesota…Again

June 17th, 2010

Tornadoes are among the most devastating and awesome local storms that occur on Earth.  Once again, just 1 month after the devastating June 17 damage to Minnesota homeowners, another 7 tornadoes were reported in Minnesota.  There were reports of hail from 1 ½ inches and in excess of 4 inches in diameter.

The storm moved through Wright County producing a possible tornado near the town of Kingston at approximately 4:15 p.m.  Another tornado touchdown was reported two miles southwest of Watertown, just after 5 p.m.

Threatening wall clouds were spotted from Watertown to Waconia.  There were no immediate reports of injuries but damage is being reported, including numerous homes with roof damage and trees knocked down across parts of the metro.

If your roof has been damaged by a storm whether by wind, hail or rain, contact a reliable storm damage repair expert to provide you with  immediate assistance.  It is crucial that you find a credible contractor that is trained in storm damage insurance negotiation.

Roof Replacement After Recent Minnesota Tornado

July 2, 2010

Replacing Your Roof From Hail and Storm Damage

Make Sure You Use Experienced Roofers When Replacing Your Roof From Hail Damage

We have all heard some horror stories about roofers who take advantage of homeowners who have had hail damage and are not familiar with hail damage claims.

One example of this is where a roofer ordered their shingles, had them delivered, and completed the work:  but then the roofer skipped town without paying for the shingles after collecting the money from the homeowner.   Guess who had to pay for the shingles?  You got it…the homeowner!

Remember to be sure to check references before agreeing to anything with a contractor.  There are plenty of reputable companies who will take care of your needs, and it pays to do some homework.

Eliminate the guesswork by hiring a local, licensed, bonded, and insured crew, with a proven track record of quality work.

If you think you have hail damage on your roof after the recent tornado in Minnesota, and you would like a professional team to assist you in the claim process, call a professional roofing contractor today.  We will work with you through the entire process.


Minnesota Homeowners: Beware Of Storm Chasing Roofing Contractors

July 1, 2010

If you have subjected to the recent Minnesota hail storms, there can be a challenge of sorting the good from the bad in order to avoid accepting offers to mend your roof from roofing contractors who are simply “storm chasers” and may not be up to scratch, or supportive of local work. Here are some indicators to help you to decide.

  • Be patient and calm.  Most homeowners after a hailstorm are desperate to find a contractor. Being desperate leaves you open to being preyed upon by “drifter contractors” who claim to be local.
  • Look for out-of-state tags on their trucks.  The vehicle is likely to be registered anywhere but locally if the contractor is not local. This indicates that the contractor is only in town for storm work and won’t be hanging around for upkeep or remedying any damage that is poorly fixed.
  • Be wary of claims of staying in town.  Quiz an out-of-town contractor very carefully. Extract a promise of return for further mending even if the contractor leaves the state; get this in writing. Long-term warranties, however, won’t be much good if your contractor has left town.
  • #”’Check to make sure that any non-locally engaged roofing contractor has been properly licensed locally.”’ Ask for current certificates of workman’s compensation and liability insurance. This is for ”your” protection. They must have both, as one covers property damage and one covers their workers from injuries if they fall from your roof. Roofing contractors usually use sub contractors to install the roofs, and a lot have crews that travel with them. In most states, the homeowner or their insurance company will be liable if something happens; you don’t want to risk your home.
  • Be aware that roofing insurance is expensive.”’ This can lead some contractors to cut corners to avoid the expense. Insist on seeing proof of current dated insurance.
  • Avoid signing any contingency agreements.”’ These will be very vague, lacking in description of the work to be done and will lack information about insurance proceeds.
  • Do your own research.”’ Check your local Yellow Pages; go back two or three years to find stability of business continuity. Check the BBB when they joined, as they often join the local BBB because when they come into town, they will be new members.
  • Make sure that all materials used are paid for.”’ There have been instances where stormers come in, roof a bunch of houses, and leave without paying the suppliers, thereby leaving the homeowner to pay twice! Ask to see invoices for payments.
  • Prefer the local roofing specialists.”’ In a storm situation, it is always best to buy from an established local roofing contractor that specializes in storm damage repair, as they will be around to service their work afterwards. If your state has any state licensing requirements, you will be able to check these online.

Hail Damage Repair Golden Valley, Minnesota

June 30, 2010

Golden Valley Minnesota was located in the heart of the most recent MN hail storm.  Golf ball sized hail (1-3/4″) was spotted in the Minneapolis, St. Paul metro area on June 25th, 2010.  Hail of this size can cause extensive damage to cars, crops and many components of a properties exterior including roofing, siding, gutters and windows.

The storm passed through the Twin Cities metro area at 7 p.m. reports of power outages and downed trees ranged from as far East as Cottage Grove, Minnesota to Orono, MN on the west edge of the metro area.

If your home was damaged by the recent storm in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and need to file an insurance claim, contact a reliable roofing contractor that has experience in storm damage repair and restoration.

Filing insurance claims and working with your insurance agent and the company adjuster can be a nightmare. Find someone who can assist you in filing your claim and work directly with your insurance company to help you through a very trying time.  Below we have provided a list of “quick links” to several of the major insurance providers and their respective insurance claim pages.  You can quickly review their policies and guidelines.

Here is a list of the most common Roofing Insurance Claim Companies.

AAA
Allstate
American Family Insurance

Cincinnati

Erie Insurance
Farmers
General Casuality
MetLife
Nationwide
Rural Mutual
State Farm
Travelers
West Bend Mutual