When you specialize in roofing repair in Minneapolis, you run across a lot of things which result in severe damage to your shingles. While we do see a lot of snow and ice damage (naturally) from the winters we get up here, the worst kind does not fall under the winter weather category. We are actually talking about hail damage.
What is Hail?
Formed when normal raindrops are chilled extremely fast by subzero temperatures, these little balls of ice cause a tremendous amount of damage. If they fall down in small pellets, you get those noticeable little dings on your car and house. But the bigger they are, the harder they fall; the largest piece of hail ever recorded was eight inches in diameter and weighed nearly two pounds. Other large pieces of hail have been known to destroy tree branches, smash out windows, and even kill people. So needless to say, hail is something that is not to be trifled with.
What to Look For
When you have experienced a summer hailstorm, you have to take a look at your roof. Naturally, if the hail was frequent or large, you should be extremely concerned about the condition of your shingles. So we’re going to go over a couple of tips that should help you identify the extent of your hail damage and whether or not it warrants a repair (and a call to your insurance company).
Types of Damage.
Agencies classify hail damage in two different categories: latent and severe. Severe is fairly obvious—that entails almost complete destruction of the rooftop. Of course, if that happens, you have to call in for an emergency roofing repair in Minneapolis so you can quickly get one back over your head.
Latent damage is far more common but entails virtually the same type of treatment. Latent damage is represented dominantly by punctures or dents in the shingle. This is cause for concern in that this kind of damage results in the asphalt being exposed to sunlight, causing it to decay much faster as well as making your roof susceptible to leaks. When you are looking for hail damage on your roof, you need to look primarily for burnish marks approximately half the diameter of the largest recorded hailstone during a storm.
These marks are quite distinct and appear on both asphalt and metal shingles, the two most common types of roof material in this part of the north. If you do have metal shingles, don’t rely on the fact they are metal when you are performing your inspection. Hailstones are known to create little bumps on their surface which can result in punctures, compromising your roof as a result.
Count on Coty
If you feel like you are not sure about the state of your roof following a severe storm, contact your friends at Coty Construction. We can identify any damage on your ceiling and help you deal with your insurance company. After all, who doesn’t like to have somebody else pay for their roofing repair?