Contractor Responds to Roof Hail Damage in St. Paul, MN & River Falls, WI After September 20, 2022 Storm Devastates Region

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Sep 21, 2022

Residents in St. Paul, MN, and River Falls, WI, were stunned by the violent force of a hailstorm that smashed windshields and inflicted widespread property and roof damage on Tuesday, Sept. 20th. Emergency roof repair crews were alerted as reports indicated hailstones the size of baseballs were smashing windshields and pounding roofing systems. RestoreMasters has contractors ready to respond from the roof repair offices in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and roof repair offices in Appleton, Wisconsin.

A staggering number of automobiles, homes, and commercial buildings sustained heavy damage. A horticulture studies building at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls suffered upwards of $100,000 in roof damage alone.

“Concern for some of the research material on whether temperature will affect or water,” Dan Waletzko, who works for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the Horticulture Department, reportedly told KARE 11 news. The university’s greenhouse was left with upwards of 60 holes, leaving 1,000 species at risk. “It worries me.”

Commercial and institutional building decision-makers concerned about the effects of hail pummeling their structure are urged to request a complimentary roof inspection. RestoreMasters provides commercial roof inspection services to help organizations expedite the insurance claim process and make a full recovery.

A local hailstorm damage map shows four storm fronts trekking across the region. The yellow portions highlight hail up to 1.25 inches pelting communities such as Somerset and New Richmond, WI. The orange swaths over Woodbury, MN, and other cities and towns point to ice 1.75 inches to 2.5 inches cracking roof shingles and denting panels. But the purple concentration hovering over River Falls, WI, indicates ice the size of baseball-inflicted hail damage on roofs that will require commercial roof inspection and repair.

Hail and Wind Damage Map - River Falls, WI & St. Paul, MN 9/20/2022

Hailstone images and storm videos posted on social media:

The National Weather Service's high wind, tornado, and hail damage map confirms that Wisconsin and Minnesota experienced severe weather clusters, with isolated patterns across the country. All told, there were a reported 14 high wind events and 19 hailstorms on Tuesday, Sept. 20th. News outlets and social media platforms highlighted the worst property and hail roof damage, including the following.

  • Eleva: The Wisconsin community was peppered by ice chunks the size of quarters.
  • Hudson: Ice the size of ping pong balls covered parts of St. Croix County.
  • Lake Elmo: Egg-sized hail caused damage across Washington County.
  • Mondovi: Hail over 1-inch in diameter rained down on areas of Buffalo County.
  • River Falls: Areas of Pierce and St. Croix counties took a sustained pounding from hailstones the size of baseballs. More than 80 automobiles had windows shattered and hail damage to roofs included puncture holes, broken tiles, and dented metal panels.
  • Saint Paul: Minnesota’s capital was pounded by hail the size of golf balls, with ice repeatedly hitting commercial buildings and church roofs.
  • Stillwater: Half dollar-sized hail pelted residential areas and businesses districts after 8 pm.

It’s essential to secure obvious roof leaks following a severe weather event. But it’s not uncommon for spots on ceilings to manifest weeks or months after difficult to detect hail roof damage occurs.

Scheduling a timely commercial roof inspection can prevent costly repairs from otherwise avoidable water damage. RestoreMasters responded to St. Paul, MN, after tornados and high winds caused regional roof damage on August 27, 2022.

Tornadoes, hail, and even strong winds can cause severe wind damage to roofing systems. Some older roofs can sustain damage from only 50 mph winds. The severity of roof damage depends on several factors including: type and age of roofing materials, presence of flying debris, roof shape and angle, building height and proximity to adjacent structures and the quality of original roof installation.

It's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment following severe weather like this so that you can determine whether you have roof damage from hail or high winds. If roof leaks do occur, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can stop leaks with tarping or shrink wrapping, where affected areas (or the entire roof) are covered with a durable shrink-wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place. That way you can prevent mold growth from water intrusion.
If your property was anywhere within the storm damage map, it would be best to get your roof inspected, even if you think your roof was not damaged. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.
We serve the following types of property owners with hail or wind damage to tile roofing: hospitals and clinics, schools, universities, institutions, churches, condos, hotels, resorts, retail properties, warehouses, mult-family, historical properties, industrial properties and residential properties.
If your building has sustained harm from fallen trees, collapsed roof or any other damage related to hail, tornado or wind storms, call us today.
Lighthouse Tabernacle - Sulphur, LARestoreMasters is a disaster restoration contractor, providing storm damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood, responding to emergencies in disaster situations, by aiding with repair of commercial and industrial roofing, tile roofs, providing temporary solutions to cover damaged roofs with tarp or shrink wrap. We also provide clean up of storm debris, water damage cleanup, frozen pipe burst cleanup, restoration after water damage, mold remediation, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, interior restoration and construction and much more. We also provide fire damage cleanup & restoration.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.
Our team, comprised of large loss claims experts works directly with your insurance company to help get your business back into operation again as soon as possible. A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.
RestoreMasters provides a large team of professionals working on your behalf, including: insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, public adjusters, roofing and building engineers, interior construction experts, and other professionals with a specialty in storm and disaster damage insurance restoration.
We provide the following roofing services: TPO roofing repair, metal roofing replacement, tile roofing hail & wind damge repair, slate roofing replacement, asphalt shingle roofing repair from tornado damage, EPDM roofing restoration, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing replacement, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing restoration.

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