Minnesota Hail Damage to Roofing: Shingles, Flat Roofs and Shakes

A storm has just blown through your area bringing with it hail and damage in varying degrees.  A thought crosses your mind that if there’s damage to cars and homes around you, there just might be a problem with your roof.  What do you do now? 

The very first thing you should do for your own peace of mind is call a qualified roofing specialist who can come to your home and assess any damage.  It is essential that your roof be physically inspected by a person who has not only had the training but the experience to make the necessary determinations as to what hail damage has actually occurred.  As there is a limited amount of time for you to file an insurance claim should there be any damage, it is important for you to have this done and to schedule repairs as soon as possible.  It is wrong to assume that just because the roof hasn’t leaked that everything is fine.  Hail, because of its irregular shape and weight, can do damage that can take a year or more for visual signs to appear, such as leaks, rotting and water-stains.  By the time this occurs you have lost the window of opportunity to file a claim with your insurance company.  This is why it is imperative to get a qualified roofing specialist to your home sooner rather than later.

While insurance companies do have their adjusters come out and assess the total amount of damage, they are not qualified roofers and have not had the formal training necessary.  It is always best to have your roof inspected by state licensed roofing contractors like the specialists at Ronningen Roofing.  We understand how stressful these situations can be so we will do all we can to make it as easy for you as possible.  By close inspection we can determine the exact extent of the storm’s damages, if any.   We are experienced in determining the extent of any damage done to your roofing shingles, flashings, etc. that can cause potential problems now or in the future.  Ronningen Roofing proudly services southern Minnesota areas, such as Rochester, Winona, Owatonna, Faribault, Northfield, Austin, and Red Wing.  Allow our qualified roofing contractors to put your mind at ease by a clean bill of health on your roof or coming alongside you through the repair process.

Gutters and Soffits and Fascia damage, Oh my

Gutters and downspouts are a necessity and something we usually don’t give a second thought to until, that is, a problem occurs.  They are designed to do one thing and that is to move water away from the foundation of your home which then protects the structure.  In order for them to do their job properly there are things that you can do to improve the performance and life of your gutters.

If you live in a snowy Minnesota, then you know how important it is to clean out your gutters and downspouts of all leaves and materials that can clog them up. One thing to look for in cleaning your gutters is the amount of granules that may be coming off of your roof.  If you are noticing more and more granules frequently showing up, your roof may be coming to the end of its lifespan and a roofing professional should be called to complete an inspection.  Another thing to look for as you are cleaning is for any broken or detached sections or seams of either the gutter or the downspout.  This can defeat their purpose and cause problems with damage in and to your home. 

Unattended problems to the guttering can cause soffit or fascia damage.  The soffit is the wood or metal on the backside of the roof’s overhang while the fascia is the board that is behind the gutter along the roof line.  Not keeping the gutters free from debris or repaired contribute to these two areas rotting.  Once these begin to break down they will continue to rot, allowing water to flow into your home.  You may even find that an animal, such as squirrels or birds, will take advantage of the damage and make it his home.

While gutters and downspouts are extremely important to the integrity of your home, they are also something that can compromise its integrity if not maintained properly.  It is always important that you hire someone with experience who knows which materials will stand the test of time and weather.   If you have questions regarding your gutters or downspouts or have noticed damage give the experienced roofing professionals at Ronningen Roofing a call.  We care about you and your home and will do whatever we can to answer your questions, assess the situation and repair any problems so you can enjoy your home for years to come.