Written by Shawn Butterfield

How Does Hail Damage A Roof?

The average hailstorm lasts only five minutes, but the hail damage does to property totals about $1 billion a year, according to the National Weather Service. When hail hits, it can damage the roof or covering of your home as well as other personal property, which is why it’s important to schedule a professional roof inspection after each storm to assess any damage!

 
Generally, hail damage on a roof can be seen as indentations and/or fractures on the shingle’s surface but can be difficult to see from the ground. Hailstones vary in size, shape, and hardness and can create a random pattern of dents or depressions. If this is not evident, look for indentations on metal flashings, siding, chimney caps, or even skylight flashings. After some time, clusters of granules may come off (at the point of impact) in a random pattern and expose the asphalt.

 

The most common types of hail damage to a roof include:

 

  • Granule loss at points of impact, which may be accompanied by surface depression. Loss of mineral granules as an immediate or gradual consequence of storm damage can lead to the asphalt coating being directly exposed to the elements. This may lead to accelerated aging of the shingle. Therefore, granule loss is NOT just cosmetic damage, and “sugaring” — the process of adding loose granules to damaged shingles with asphalt cement — is not a permanent solution.
  • Cracks in the granule-asphalt surfacing, which may radiate outward from points of impact. Cracks may be present especially if high winds blew the shingles back.
  • Exposed fiberglass mat, where hail shattered the granule-asphalt surfacing causing it to break away from the fiberglass mat.
  • Fractured fiberglass mat, which may or may not be immediately visible. A fractured mat may result in tears radiating out from the points of impact. Furthermore, hidden damage to the mat may later develop into cracks and tears in time as the shingles age.
  • Loosening of the self-seal strip. This damage may or may not be immediately visible and may weaken the seal integrity, creating the possibility of future shingle blow-off.

 
Because unrepaired hail damage to your roof will get worse over time, getting an inspection and repairing the damage is always the best idea and will help you avoid costly repairs.

 

How Soon After A Storm Should You Get An Inspection?

 
After a hail storm, check the exterior of your home for any obvious signs of damage including dents or cracks in your gutters. Should you see signs of damage, call for a professional inspection right away.
Spotting hail damage on roof shingles is much more difficult. In most cases, hail damage can be impossible to see from the ground level of your home. However, we DO NOT recommend inspecting your own roof for damage. Falls from roofs account for 1/3 of all construction related fatalities. The safest and easiest option for you as a homeowner is to schedule an inspection with a professional roofing company, like Millersberg Construction.

 

Think You Might Have Roof Damage?

 
Unpredictable storms create unpredictable problems. That’s why it’s important to choose the right professional to inspect the integrity of your home after a storm. It’s important to find someone who is local, properly certified, efficient, courteous, and available to complete your warranty work. All of which you’ll find working with Millersberg Construction.

 
Contact us today at 507-301-3626 or use our online form to request a free, no-obligation inspection!

Written by Shawn Butterfield

Storm Damage Repair

After a long, cold blistering winter it is so nice to finally feel the warmth of the sun. Bird are starting to chirp, grass is beginning to turn green, and families are starting to head outside. Spring is when everyone starts getting outside to freshen up their yard; planting flowers, raking left over leaves, getting new mulch, and digging out their patio furniture. This is the time of year that most people love. The sun beats down and we all soak up the rays as we haven’t been able to feel their warmth in months.

Not only is this a pleasant time of year, it also can bring on some nasty storms. With the mix of the high and low pressures, dew and humidity points all over the place, it puts us all at risk for severe weather. Hail and high winds can damage our homes; damage all of the hard work we put into them.

Hail can be very damaging but it is not always visible from the ground. As hail hits the shingles, it can cause granules to come loose and also bruise the bottoms layers of matting. This damages the integrity of the shingles and may cause leaks later on. Did you know that insurance companies will help pay to replace your roof if it has enough hail damage? As a local roofer and general contractor, we know what hail damage looks like and know the longer effects it can have on your home. Let us help make sure you get the help you deserve.

Last night we had the first storms of the year; Dodge, Olmsted, and Wabasha Counties were the hardest hit. Byron, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, and Plainview were a few cities that received 2” hail. These storms may not have seemed very strong but they brought along with them hail that caused serious damage and needs a local contractor to come in and repair the damage. Left unrepaired, leaks will likely pop up in coming years.

Spring is a great time of year but also when we need to be constantly sky aware. Get someone in your corner so when high winds come through or hail strikes, you have someone to help bring your home to pre-storm condition. Protect your home so it can continue to protect you and your family for years to come.

Written by Shawn Butterfield

Replace your CertainTeed shingles

Millersberg Construction just finished reroofing two homes that had Certainteed Shingles. In 2012, a court determined that Certainteed organic asphalt shingles were subject to a class action lawsuit.  What that means for homeowners is that you can now have your Certainteed Shingles replaced and your insurance company will pay for it.

For example, we did a roof inspection of one home owner’s roof and saw that only a few shingles were missing. However, because you can no longer get those shingles and due to the lawsuit, we were able to work with the homeowner’s insurance company and get the entire roof redone.

According to the Certainteed website, here are ways to know if you have those shingles: