Contractor Responds to Roof Hail Damage in St. Paul, MN & River Falls, WI After September 20, 2022 Storm Devastates Region
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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.
Hailstone images and storm videos posted on social media:
Hail melts quick at 75°, but here's what remains of 1 piece abt. 9 minutes later: about 0.75 inch.— Christopher J. Lee (@leemarkcom) September 20, 2022
Photo ©9/20/2022 Chris Lee
Taken 2:31 p.m. on far-east side of Madison, Wisconsin, 5 miles NE of Capitol Square.@NWSMilwaukee #swiwx #wiwx #MadisonWI #weather #Hail #Thunderstorm pic.twitter.com/eQmaRq1DHv
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.
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