Minnesota receives its fair share of storm damage from hail and wind-driven rain every year, with most severe storms occurring in the spring. But most surprising to many people is that just because summer is here, that doesn’t mean hail is done for the year. These unexpected hail storms show up when the hot air from the South collides with the cold air from the North, and these storms can produce hail of every size and shape, just waiting to chew up the landscape and damage buildings. Hail consists of small chunks of ice that can literally punch holes in everything from plants to lawn furniture to roofing and siding. falling from thousands of feet up at the rate of 32 feet per second, these ice balls can wreak havoc on shingles, trim, and siding.
Some people are surprised by warm-weather hail storms, thinking “Wow, hail in the middle of summer…” but the truth is summer hailstorms can equate to some very costly damage to your roof and/or siding. If your roof is covered in asphalt shingles, it’s especially vulnerable in warm months, because when the roof gets hot, the tar softens. Imagine pouring gravel on soft tar. Well, that is what’s going on up on your roof during a summer hailstorm.
Hail will also chip your car finish, dent your siding and trim, and while it may not cause your roof to leak right away, every little storm will take its toll. Dings and dents to the roofing trim will loosen it and bend it so that water can find its way inside during the next rain storm. This leak may not seem like much as first, but if repairs are not made before winter and that water freezes, it will expand and break apart this trim even further, opening up the roof to more and more problems with each passing storm.
This is why it is important to have your roof inspected after a hail storm. Only a trained roofing professional will be able to spot preliminary problems and correct them before they get out of control. Because roofing inspections are free with Iron River Construction, and your homeowner’s insurance should cover damage from hail, you really have nothing to lose. Give us a call and help us help you; make sure your roof gets the protection that is available through your insurance, your warranty, and your local roofing company – Iron River Construction. 952-442-1762. We also handle siding repairs.