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Commercial Flat Roof Hail Damage Repairs North Branch, MN

Commercial Roofing Hail Damage North Branch, MNHail is an unexpected and destructive force. One minute the skies are nice and sunny on a warm, June day, and the next minute the clouds roll in, the sky turns dark, and instead of rain, the clouds unleash a flurry of ice on unsuspecting people. If your business or commercial property sustained damage from the recent hail storm that pummeled North Branch, MN, on June 29, 2015, call the professional contractors at United Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. to repair your commercial flat roof and get your business and/or commercial property back in working order again. Read more

Hail Damage Minneapolis MN

Minnesota Storm Damage Roof RepairWhile the winters in Minneapolis MN can be pretty brutal, the spring and summers can be tough as well. Between the humid temperatures and the severe summer storms, weather related roof damage is something that far too many Minnesota residents have had to deal with over the past few years. At United Roofing & Remodeling we’ve seen hail damage all across the entire metro area. Read Full Post

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High Wind- and Impact-Resistant Asphalt Roofing Shingles Between 1991 and 1995, wind and hail resulted in an average of $8 billion in insurance payouts each year, and wind and hail damage to roofs comprises a significant portion of this cost. Hail damage to asphalt shingles may include severe granule loss, material loss at shingle edges, and penetration. Wind can also create serious roof damage-it is documented that roof material failure was the most widespread type of damage from Hurricane Hugo (Manning, Billy R. and Gary G. Nichols. 1991. “Hugo Lessons Learned.” In Hurricane Hugo One Year Later, Benjamin A. Sill and Peter R. Sparks, Editors. New York: American Society of Civil Engineers). Designed to Resist Damage From Impact and High Winds New shingle products are designed to resist damage from impact and high winds. They meet the most stringent standards for impact resistance (Class 4) set by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and wind resistance set by UL and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International). Several manufacturers offer asphalt shingles designed to resist the effects of severe weather such as wind and impact from flying debris or hail. Different proprietary methods are used to keep granules attached to the shingle, to prevent shingle breaking during impact, and to keep shingles attached to the sheathing during high winds. UL 2218 classifies the resistance of roofing products to impact damage. In the test, steel balls are directed at roof samples, and damage is observed. Products that receive a Class 4 rating from UL 2218 are the most resistive to hail damage. Some major insurance companies are offering homeowner premium discounts...

Hail Ratings and Your Roof

Hail Proof Roof? No roofing material is fully hail proof.  If anyone was involved in the hailstorms that went through Minnesota this summer, you know what we’re talking about.  There are hail-RESISTANT roofs.  These products have Class 1 through Class 4 hail-resistance ratings, 4 being the highest.  The ratings are given by taking a steel ball and dropping it from a pre-determined height and measuring the damage the roof has sustained.  The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) perform the tests. Many roofs carry this rating.  For steep slope, these roofs include some metal roofs, some tile and some composition shingles.  For flat roofs, these are some gravel-surfaced built-up, and some spray foam (with the right coating system), and just a few others. Installing a Class IV hail resistant roof may qualify you for lower insurance premiums, depending on where you live.  Call your agent for verification.  Keep this in mind, too, not many agents and adjusters will know the specifics about hail resistant roofs. Consult a reliable Minnesota roofing contractor. Impact Resistant Roofs Reduces Hailstorm Damage The potential benefits of installing impact-resistant roofing products include: Reducing roof damage caused by a hail event Decreasing the risk of water damage to your home and its contents, property, etc. Avoiding disruptions caused by roof system replacements Increasing the useful life of your roof, especially if you are in a high-risk area; the longer the useful life of your roof system, the less it costs you per year to own Increasing your home’s value Realizing several additional financial benefits, including potential insurance premium discounts; potential Department of Insurance cash rebates;...

Minnesota Roofing Contractor | The Impact Resistant Roof

Emerging Research and Impact-Resistant Roofing Minnesotans are no stranger to severe weather. Whether it’s snow, hail, rain, or wind, our roofs take a beating. After a brutal winter, we are now entering the rain and storm season, which means hail and tornadoes. Hail is a peril that threatens all but a handful of states in the United States, but it doesn’t strike all areas equally. Since 1980, the country has averaged 3,000 hailstorms a year.  Officials estimate that up to 40 percent of all homeowners insurance claims result from hail damage. While the Midwest and Great Plains states have the most hailstorms, Colorado has the most storms with large-size hail (diameter greater than 1.5 inches). So even though Colorado has fewer storms, the storms that occur cause more damage. Impact Resistant Roofing Lost in these large numbers is the number of repeat claims — resulting in payments to the same customers for the same type of repairs from the same type of hailstorms. There are some areas of the nation’s hail belt where homes have been reshingled two and three times during a 10-year period. While a hailstorm usually strikes a relatively limited geographical area, there are parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska where hailstorms average six strikes a year or more. Clearly, the same houses are exposed to these storms. They are likely to receive damage. As a result, home insurance coverage in these regions has become expensive. As premiums rise, both insurers and their policyholders become concerned. To help combat rising premiums, insurance companies look for ways to prevent future damage. They also look for ways...