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Storm Damage and Your Roof

August 26, 2010

By summer time we are well into the storm season.  Hail, heavy rain, high winds and tornadoes are all common this time of year.

Damage from these weather phenomena can of course be obvious.  Most know that if they have been hit by a tornado or if they have leaks after a severe storm.  You call the insurance company and your roofing professional and start the repair or rebuilding process.

But sometimes your property goes through a severe storm with no apparent damage.  Don’t be so sure.  Hail, high winds and even tornadoes can do serious damage that may not be noticed for quite some time.

First, let’s talk about hail.  Even moderate hail can do damage to some single-ply and older built-up roofs.
PVC membranes may suffer tiny shatter areas that may no leak for quite some time.  The normal expansion and contraction of the membrane will eventually open these cracks enough to permit the entry of water into the system.
Some hail can also damage the fins on condensing units and rooftop equipment, if it is driven by high wind.
Large hail can cause immediate leakage, but no always.  Membranes that are resistant to hail can be damaged, yet exhibit no symptoms for one to two weathering cycles.  For instance, EPDM (rubber roofing) can be damaged by large hail but will not exhibit problems for while.  Small gull-wing cuts can start to appear long after hail hits.

Shingle roofs will suffer granule loss that will expose the underlying reinforcement and asphalt to UV degradation that will dramatically shorten the life of the roof.  The same is true for granule-surfaced modified bitumen roofing and fiberglass cap sheets.  Gravel-surfaced built-up roofs may have some of the gravel driven into the top plies which can allow moisture penetration that makes the membrane slowly deteriorate.

High winds and even tornadoes can also do phantom damage that is not immediately obvious. High winds are amplified by all roof structures.  Parapets, large open doors and varying slopes increase the speed and pressure that high winds exert.  Bear in mind that wind does not slow down as it climbs the side of a building and crosses the roof – it in fact speeds up.  Various irregular shapes on and around the roof and even the building structure itself produces lift, just like an aircraft’s wing.  This lift may partially or even totally destroy the attachment of your roof to the substrate.  Even though this attachment may be lost, the roof may look just fine as if it was lifted and laid back down in place.  However, the next high wind can have catastrophic results as it does not have to overcome the attachment as the first wind did.  This can be true of all membranes, as well as composition shingles.

Even if your roof shows no apparent damage after a severe storm, contact your insurance company right away and call your roofing professional to inspect your roof for damage. Some tests may need to be performed to determine the extent of the damage, but the expense is well worth it because you may face much more extensive damage if you do nothing.  Plus it always helps to have as much evidence as possible when dealing with an insurance adjustor.
Call a roofing professional if your building is hit by damaging storms, even if damage is not apparent to you.  You will avoid frustration with your insurance company if problems are detected immediately, as well as headaches caused by leaks that could result from undiagnosed roof system damage.

An even better idea is to call today and establish a roofing maintenance agreement that will provide inspections and maintenance at a fixed annual fee.  Such an agreement can help you avoid unexpected expenses and keep your roofing system functioning within your budget.

Acting immediately after the emergency can save time and dollars in the restoration work.  Contact a hail damage expert that has experience in storm damage. Someone that can help you with the  disaster restoration process.

Source: Midwest Roofing Contractors Association
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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.

Rapid Response Team For Storm Damage Mitigation

June 24, 2010

Storm Damage is Traumatic – We’re there when you need us

Weather related emergencies are an unfortunate fact of life and can’t be avoided.  A proactive response to a weather event will limit damage caused by storms and high winds and minimize any consequential damage caused by exposure to the elements.
If your roof was damaged by the recent Minnesota storms, whether by wind, hail or rain, the United Roofing and Remodeling Response Team will provide immediate assistance anywhere in the Twin Cities area.
United Roofing and Remodeling has experienced, knowledgeable personnel ready and equipped to put your home or business back in shape after the recent storm.

One phone call gets us started. When you call United Roofing & Remodeling we’ll take care of the details so you can go back to taking care of your family or your business.  We are fully staffed to handle all the specifics of your recovery such as:

  • Insurance claim specialists are on staff to assist you with professional service and knowledgeable information
  • 24 hr emergency service for: Board Up, Debris Removal, and Emergency Contracting.
  • Complete inspection of interior and exterior of property for all related damage, including possible hidden damage.

Plus  . . . We 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

Put your trust in an industry leader!

The name United Roofing & Remodeling Inc. means quality products and services.   We have over 20 years of extensive experience working with all types of residential and commercial exterior configurations and materials manufacturers.  We will ensure seamless damage mitigation, repair and restoration.

Clean Up After Minnesota Tornadoe Damage

June 23, 2010

Minnesota Tornadoes: Almora Albert Lea and Wadena Worst Affected

Minnesota was left in a bad shape after a series of Tornadoes ripped through the area, killing three and injuring scores. The storms went wild forcing several homes, trees, and power lines to the ground.  Hardest hit was the town of Wadena doing major damage to numerous houses and farm buildings across the state.

If your home was damaged in the latest Minnesota storm, it is important that you understand the insurance process.  Severe storms and hail race through the Twin Cities Metro area and Western Wisconsin every year.  You may have damage to your home and not even know it.  The best way to protect your home’s investment is through a qualified inspection. Even if you only feel you have minor damage, call for a free no obligation inspection.  A qualified inspection greatly increases your leverage with the insurance company.  Your insurance pays for the repairs, less the deductible.  Most home owners do not realize that there may be storm damage to their roof, siding, gutters, windows, deck, or air conditioner. Make sure you maintain the value of your largest investment.

June 17 Minnesota Tornado Damage

June 22, 2010

Tornadoes ripped through north-central and northwestern Minnesota on Thursday, knocking down trees and causing widespread damage.  High winds also struck Almora, southwest of Wadena.  The town was littered with pieces of structures, including shingles from homes.  Roofs were ripped off buildings, as the tornado tore through the city.  In an interview Thursday evening, Mayor Wayne Wolden said the city has a ton of storm damage following the tornadoes that ripped through much of Minnesota.  There are a lot of trees down and there’s a lot of shingles throughout the entire community.

There are many different areas where your roof can leak.  It is important to isolate the problem area and get it fixed as soon as possible.  Remember, it is important to have regular roof inspections done to ensure its integrity isn’t compromised.

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

Minnesota Tornado Outbreak May Be A Record

June 20, 2010

Wadena, Minnesota is a typical small northern town with a population of 4,300. But business is anything but usual after a large tornado smashed into town around 5pm June 17th.  Tornado sirens gave plenty of warning, and there were no fatalities, but a tremendous amount of property damage followed.  A second batch of tornadoes along the Minnesota-Iowa border destroyed dozens of homes.

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

Tornado Hits Albert Lea Minnesota

June 18, 2010

Roof Repairs, Roof Tearoffs, and Roof Replacements For Minnesota Homeowners

The tornadoes that formed in the sky above Minnesota Thursday PM were Kansas-size twisters, in some cases nearly 1/2 mile wide, large, long-lasting, violent tornadoes, more common in Oklahoma and Missouri than the Gopher State.  A few were multi-vortex (wedge) tornadoes, so big and fat they didn’t even resemble typical tornado funnels.  A multi-vortex tornado is composed of 3-8 mini-tornadoes, all rotating around a common center.  If one of those violent vortexes passes overhead total damage is all but insured.  This accounts for crazy stories: one home flattened, while the home across the street suffers only minor damage.  To see the video of the tornado that hit near Albert Lea click here.

Roof Repair

We all know how Minnesota weather can turn nasty without notice.  Spring storms are especially troublesome and we often are in need of minor to major roof repair.  Repairing a roof is the process where an existing roofing system has suffered damage, or aged or additions and adjustments are made to it.  

Re-Roofing – Tear off and Recovers

Re-roofing is the process of installing a new roof when a roofing system fails.  Roofing system failures can be caused by a number of factors, including age, severe weather, poor workmanship, defective materials, improper specification of a roofing system, abuse and failure to maintain the roof properly.

Roof Maintenance

Maintenance involves the physical inspection of an existing roofing system to determine its current condition, detect weakness and failures and identify any potential future problems.   Through a program of regularly scheduled annual or semiannual roof inspections, homeowners can protect their roofing investments by seeking to identify damage in its early stages.   Early detection of leaks and roof system failures make it possible to repair and extend the life of a roof system, which is significantly less expensive and time consuming than replacing an entire roof.

If your property has been affected by storm damage (hail or wind) or if you are wondering if your property has been damaged by a recent Minnesota hail or wind storm, contact your local roofing contractor.  It is crucial that you find a credible contractor that is trained in storm damage insurance negotiation.

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Home Improvements That Pay Their Way

November 3, 2009

Reflective Metal Roofing

Reflective Metal Roofing

  • Reflective metal roofing saves on energy costs because it is able to reflect solar energy back into the atmosphere.  This reduces the amount of energy absorbed into your home.
  • Qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings.  This can reduce peak cooling demands by 10-15%.

The roofs that qualify are the metal roofs that have reflective qualities or the asphalt roofs that have “cooling granules.”  These roofs are specially designed to reduce the heat gain in the house thereby reducing the cooling costs.

United Roofing & Remodeling offers a wide variety of services designed to suit all our clients’ roofing needs.  For more information on any of roofing, siding, window, or gutter services, call us at 612-617-1717

There are several Metal and Shingle roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list.
Excel: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.xls
PDF: http://downloads.energystar.gov/bi/qplist/roofs_prod_list.pdf

Storm Damage and Restoration Services From A Minnesota Roofing Contractor

October 29, 2009

Regular Roof Inspections Can Save You Money In Costly Repairs

Numerous homes are damaged by hail and wind every year.  Also, many homeowners are unaware of damage to their property.  This damage might reduce the value of their homes.  For example, a roof damaged by hail can result in interior leaks that you may not even know about until it is too late.

If you are like most homeowners, the thought of going through the process of working with an insurance adjuster, and then finding a contractor to repair the damage can be overwhelming.  From a general lack of knowledge about how to file a claim, to which materials are best suited for your needs, many homeowners fail to receive the benefits they have coming to them.

United Roofing will provide you with a free home inspection, and if you have storm damage, we will assist you with your insurance claim ~ from start to finish.

We will manage the entire insurance process for you.  We are experts because we do it for our clients every day.  It allows us to keep your job moving quickly, while taking the burden off you.

Contact United Roofing & Remodeling today to schedule your next roofing inspection at 612-617-1717
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