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6 Signs of Roof Hail Damage Not to Ignore

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Sizzling summer heat and extreme weather events go hand in hand. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes often cause hailstones to form. Strong storm updrafts turn rainwater to ice balls despite blazing hot temperatures. Solid, frozen hail pellets fall from the sky and pelt everything in their path. The roof atop your home’s structure, unsurprisingly, bears the brunt of hail attacks. Lumpy chunks of icy hail can be anywhere from 0.5 to 6 inches. If hail grows larger than a walnut, your roofing system will suffer serious damage. Getting your roof inspected immediately after the storm blows through is essential. Contact a licensed, experienced roofer to perform a hail damage assessment. Here are six signs of roofing hail damage you can’t ignore.

1. Dented Roof Shingles

Large hailstones are notorious for putting round-shaped dents in cars and trucks. Unfortunately, hail can do the same to your roof. Aluminum, copper, steel, and tin roofs are the most at risk. Metal roofing systems aren’t the only ones affected though. Hail bigger than a half dollar can dent asphalt shingles and clay or concrete tiles too. Even wood shakes aren’t immune to hail splits and fissures. Survey the surface of your roof for noticeable dimples. Search for circular marks that make your roof look stamped. Use your eagle eye to spot and photograph hail craters. Never ignore roofing dents; they can let rainwater leak in and flood your attic or upper level.

2. Globs of Shingle Granules

Healthy asphalt roof shingles are coated in fine, textured granules. These tiny particles protect your roofing system from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays. Shedding some granules is normal for asphalt shingles. The problem arises when the granular loss happens on a large scale. Severe hailstorms can strip asphalt roof shingles of their generous granule coverage. Without the granular layer of protection, asphalt shingles will age quickly and break down. Check your gutters and downspouts for big globs of shingle granules. Inspect shingles for unevenness where granules were ripped off. Mass granular loss can’t be ignored; call a roofer for repair work.

3. Missing Roof Shingles

Hailstorms don’t only rain down mammoth ice masses. Severe summer weather can spawn tornadoes and straight-line winds. Roofs have a tough time withstanding gusts over 100 miles per hour. Older, deteriorated roof shingles could blow off with half that wind speed. Missing shingles obviously threaten your roof’s health. Gaps between shingles make the chances of roof water damage skyrocket. Tour your yard looking for fallen shingles. Use binoculars to spot shingles that are absent or dangling by a thread. Don’t attempt to reattach a damaged shingle by yourself on a ladder. Recruit a reputable roofing professional to replace missing shingles.

4. Curling Shingle Corners

Bare spots aren’t necessarily caused by entirely missing shingles. Hail damage can also make roof shingles start cracking and curling at the edges. It’s never good when roof shingles start resembling curly fries. Shingles bend and coil when severe wind during hailstorms whips under the surface. The adhesive strip surrounding roof shingles probably peeled off. Perhaps your past roofer didn’t snugly install shingles with enough nails. Whatever the case, curled shingles pose a roofing danger. Warped shingles aren’t able to fully block water from penetrating your home. Liquid could seep inside, rotting wood roof decks and nurturing mold growth. Don’t hesitate about requesting a professional roofing opinion for shriveled shingles.

5. Dinged Metal Flashing

Flashing is the ultra-thin material used to surround vital roof components. Roof flashing is designed to waterproof around soffits, vents, chimneys, and skylights. Flashing is visible in these places for your perusal. In roof valleys, flashing should be underneath shingles for reinforcement. Sighting flashing in the valleys is a telltale sign of missing shingles. Since flashing is made from metals like aluminum and copper, it’s often indented by hail. After hailstorms, scrutinize flashing for flaws that will enable moisture seepage. Flashing should be smooth and even without tears or cracks. Flashing holes must be remedied by a roofer before they leak and rust.

6. Deformed Gutters

Hailstorm strikes won’t only endanger the well-being of your roof surface. The brute impact of large hail can deform your gutters. Hail damage to steel gutters is rather rare, but other gutter materials are less resistant. When Mother Earth hurls ice balls, gutters can become dented and misshapen. Punctured gutters will spring a leak and leave water racing down to your foundation. Gutters clogged with hailstones and storm debris can make water pool on your rooftop. Leaf gutter guards will likely take a beating and break or chip. Gouges and holes in gutters will compromise your entire roofing system. Gutters that have sustained hail damage may even sag and scratch siding. Seek out a top-notch roofer who’s experienced with gutters for help.

The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports that hailstorms damage over 10.7 million U.S. homes yearly. In 2019 alone, 5,396 notable hailstorms caused about $8 billion worth of destruction. Fortunately, home insurance policies generally cover the costs of hail roofing damage. Right after the storm rages, file an insurance claim. Supply your insurer with an extensive description of your roof’s condition. Collect evidence, including photos or videos, of your damaged roofing parts. Keep detailed hail damage records in case you need to challenge a denial. Knowing these six signs of roofing hail damage and acting fast will increase your chance of insurance claim acceptance.

10 Signs Your Roof Needs Urgent Repair

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Spotting the signs that your roof needs repairing can save you a great deal of money. A damaged roof can cause mold and lead to interior damage in the home. Keeping your roof in good repair will extend its life. A full roof replacement is costly and time-consuming. But if you repair minor damage to your roof as soon as it becomes apparent, it will help to prevent you from needing an early roof replacement.

It is not a good idea to go up and inspect your roof yourself. It would be better to have a professional roofer regularly inspect your roof. However, some telltale signs will warn you when it is time to call a roofer. Here are ten warning signs that indicate it is time to get the roof of your home inspected.

1. Sagging Roof
There are several possible causes of a sagging roof. If an old roof is sagging, then it might be time for a roof replacement. If a new roof sags, then it is likely that the roof has likely not been installed correctly. A sagging roof could also mean that the rafters have become damp, which has weakened the wood. If that is the case, a speedy roof repair or replacement will be in order.

2. Missing or Loose Shingles
High winds and heavy rain can loosen or dislodge shingles. Missing or loose shingles can lead to more severe damage if they are left unrepaired. Fixing loose or missing shingles is a relatively inexpensive element of roof maintenance that could save you a lot of money in the long-term. In some cases, though, missing shingles might be a sign that your roof needs replacing. So as soon as you see any missing or loose shingles, it would be advisable to get a roofing contractor to carry out a roof inspection.

3. Higher Energy Bills
If your roof is damaged, it can cause your heating and air conditioning to need to work harder to maintain the internal temperature in your home. If you have noticed that your energy bills are higher than usual, it could be a sign that there is a problem with your roof. Keeping your roof well-maintained will help to avoid more expensive roofing repairs later, and it could save you money on your energy bills.

4. Shingle Granules in Gutters
If you have asphalt or composite shingles, then it is not unusual to see some shingle granules in the gutters. However, if there are a lot of granules coming from your roof, then this could be a sign the shingles need replacing. The granules that you need to be looking for look like coarse, black sand.

5. Curled or Cracking Shingles
Shingles have a limited lifespan. When shingles are nearing the end of their useful lifespan, they may become deformed, cracked, or curled. If you spot one or two deformed shingles, replacing them may extend the life of your roof. If you can see lots of deformed shingles, though, you may need a full roof replacement.

6. Internal Water Damage
If you see any water damage to internal walls in your home, then it would be a good idea to get a roof inspection. The same will apply if you come across mold or signs of water damage in the attic. Water damage could be a sign that the roof is leaking. Mold and mildew could be being caused by poor roof ventilation or a damaged roof or underlayment.

7. Daylight Shining Through the Roof
If you go up into your attic and you see daylight shining through the roof, then you have a roofing problem. If light can get through the shingles, then so too can rain, wind and damp. Daylight shining through the roof could be a sign that some shingles need replacing, or it could be your roof has reached the end of its useful life.

8. Discoloration of The Roof
Discoloration of shingles might indicate that the shingles are damp or have been damaged. If dark patches have begun to appear on your roof, it could be a sign that you have mold growing on the shingles. If you have noticed any discoloration of your roof, a quick roof inspection will discover the cause of the problem. Appropriate roof repairs can then be made.

9. Damage Around Roof Fixtures
It is advisable to check the areas around your roof as well as looking at the roof itself. Damage to the areas around roof fixtures, like pipes, chimneys, and vents, for example, can usually be repaired before further damage to the roof is done.

10. Storm Damage
If you have recently experienced a storm and you suspect that the roof may have been damaged, it would be best to arrange for a roof inspection. The apparent signs of storm damage are broken or missing shingles and, of course, signs of water leaking into the attic after a storm. With most roofing problems, early repairs of damage will usually save you money in the long-term.

Conclusion
As mentioned above, it is not recommended that you climb up onto the roof of your home to inspect the roof yourself. However, the above signs that your roof needs repairing are visible from the ground or inside the house. The takeaway is that, when it comes to roofs, safe is always better than sorry. So if you suspect that your roof has been damaged, call a reputable roofer and arrange to have your roof inspected.

Sela Roofing Recognized with 2019 GAF President’s Club Award

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We are proud to have been partners with GAF Roofing for 20 years and are honored to receive this award from them for our work together in 2019!

To qualify for this award, a residential roofing contractor must meet specific criteria in at least one out of three different pathways: the Performance pathway, where contractors focus on giving their property owners the best possible service, quality, and protection; the Reliability pathway, where the contractor has a long history of offering their customers the best quality and protection; and the Service pathway, where contractors consistently offer their customers the best protection available in the marketplace.

Read more about the award here.

Minneapolis Roofing – Protect Your Biggest Asset This Winter

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The winter season in Minneapolis may be a magical time for many, but those cold months are not without their challenges. When winter arrives, it often ushers in a season filled with strong storms, high winds and heavy snow.

If your home, and especially your roof, are not prepared, you could be spending the rest of the winter recovering from the damage. With winter right around the corner, you cannot afford to leave anything to chance, and now is the time to make sure your home’s roof is up to the challenge. Here are some essential pre-winter checks to protect your roof from winter dangers.

Look for Missing Shingles

From high winds to hail, the summer storm season can really take a toll on your roof and take your shingles for a ride. And if you fail to replace those missing shingles promptly, your roof could be in for even worse damage when the cold of winter finally arrives.

Now is the time to check your roof for missing shingles, so grab the ladder or schedule a professional inspection today. Having your roof checked now will give you time to make the necessary repairs in plenty of time for those dangerous winter storms.

Check Your Gutters

Preexisting gutter damage can increase the odds of winter roof damage, but you still have time to make repairs. So check your entire drainage system now, from the downspouts that carry water away from the foundation to the gutters that send that moisture where it belongs.

If your gutters are constantly getting clogged with leaves and other debris, you might want to invest in a gutter coverage system. These units help protect the drainage system for your home, so you can rest easy and avoid ice jams, clogged gutters and other winter roof damage.

Watch Out for Snow Accumulation

Heavy snow can put a severe strain on your roof, especially when the storms just keep coming. If the snow has been falling faster than the sun can melt it, you may need to clear the accumulation manually.

For a DIY approach to a single-story dwelling, a long-handled shovel could be all you need, but for higher roofs and multistory properties may require the help of a professional. Having your roof cleared of snow can be a wise investment, however, one that could protect your home and prevent even more costly damage.

Trim Your Trees

If you have mature trees in your yard, overhanging branches could become missiles in a winter windstorm. If you want to protect your roof from winter (and summer) storms, it is important to keep those trees trimmed.

Removing overhanging branches is an essential part of storm planning, so contact an arborist or tree care expert before the snow starts to fly. While they are onsite, ask them to assess the health of the tree itself; dead or dying trees are much more likely to come down and cause damage during the winter storm season.

The cold and snow of winter will be here before you know it, but you still have time to get your roof ready. The winter season can really take a toll on your roof, and the sooner you get ready the sooner you can rest easy under that newly prepared roof.

Troubling Signs You Need Roof Repair

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There is a reason people call their homes the roof over their heads. The roof is arguably the most important part of any home, and when it fails it is a real emergency.

 

Unfortunately, roof damage can often go undetected, especially if you do not know what to look for. And by the time you recognize the visible warning signs, like water pouring into your rooms, it is probably too late to work on minor roof repair. By that point, it is probably time for a new roof – and a full roof replacement is an expensive undertaking.

 

Here are some key warning signs that roof repair might be in your future.

 

Shoddy Construction

A home that was poorly constructed from the start is much more likely to suffer serious roof damage from storms and normal wear and tear. If you have doubts about your home’s construction, it is important to have the property inspected by a professional.

 

If your home’s roof was poorly constructed, it may be best to have it replaced now – before it has a chance to fail. The cost of a roof replacement may be high, but so is the cost of replacing everything inside your four walls.

 

Wet Spots on the Ceiling

Wet spots on the ceiling are often the first signs of a failing roof, and you should inspect the entire ceiling carefully after a heavy rainfall. If you see wet spots or water dripping, it is time to contact a roofing technician for a full inspection.

 

Other things can cause these wet spots, so moisture on the ceiling is not necessarily a sign of a failing roof. Even so, you can never be too careful, especially when your home is at stake.

 

Loose or Missing Shingles

The shingles on your roof are your home’s first line of defense, and a break in those defenses could be extremely dangerous. If you see missing, broken or damaged shingles, it is time to get immediate help. Damaged and missing shingles constitute a roofing emergency, and you cannot afford to wait.

 

If you have waited to replace damaged, missing or broken shingles, you should schedule a thorough roof inspection without delay. Your roof could have sustained hidden damaged in the interim, and fixing that damage now could potentially save the structure.

 

A History of Storm Damage

If your home previously suffered storm damage, your roof may have been compromised. If you did not have a thorough inspection conducted in the wake of the storm damage, it is time to call an experienced roofer.

 

Storm damage alone does not necessarily mean your roof is in need of repair, but it is one of the risk factors. If you live in an area that is prone to storm damage, you need to be especially vigilant for other common signs of roof trouble.

 

Last but not least, if your roof is more than two decades old, you should be on special alert. Even the best roof will not last forever, and the sooner you have your roof inspected the better. If your roof is till in great shape, you will get peace of mind. If not, you will be able to make the necessary roof repairs before a sudden failure turns your life upside down.

 

 

Assessing Storm Damage on Your Roof

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Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hailstorms and hurricanes can tear shingles from your roof and give your roof a beating with tree branches. Follow these steps to check for storm damage to your roof:

• Inspect your attic for any water leaks. Also check if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls.

• Look for signs of storm damage by assessing any missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia from the ground.

• Evaluate any debris making contact with your home – such as branches or larger items.

• In cases of hail, check your siding and windows for any signs of damage.

• Stay safe & avoid going on the roof to check for damage yourself.

Sela Roofing & Remodeling is here to help you with your storm damage – we provide free inspections of your roof and handle the hassles of dealing with your insurance company!

Sela Roofing Receives Pella® Platinum Contractor Award

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Congrats to the team on being recognized with Pella‘s Platinum Contractor Award as a top Pella-certified product installer and specialist.

Pella is a family-owned business that has been innovating in the custom window and door market since 1925, and Sela is proud to continue our long-standing partnership.

Considering window or door replacements this spring or summer? Contact us today to learn how we can help, using energy-efficient Pella products and more.

Sela Donates $5k to Toys for Tots

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Sela Roofing is proud to support Toys for Tots this holiday season. We raised $5,000 to make the holidays bright for those that need it most. Happy Holidays from the entire team!

To donate to Toys for Tots Twin Cities, visit their website HERE.

Prevent Ice Dams and Roof Damage this Winter

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As we head into winter, stay ahead of the game by keeping signs of snow and ice damage on your radar. Whether it’s routine snow removal to prevent ice dams, or emergency service to remove ice from a leaky roof, you can trust Sela to tackle any job, big or small.

Sela specialists have been safely taking care of our homeowner’s snow and ice headaches for years. The Sela experts can handle snow and ice removals from the entire roof, or just focus clearing channels in your ice dams, which ever better suits your budget. For the extreme ice problems, Sela also offers steam ice removal service.

Contact us today to learn more, and #JustSaySela

Save Money with Energy Efficient Windows from Sela

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Winter is on its way, and right now is the perfect time to schedule window replacement with Sela. Improve energy efficiency exponentially and save money by installing draft-free, environmentally-sound windows. We specialize in a wide variety of window replacement style — from casement, bows, bays, and crank outs, to skylights, patio doors, storm doors, and more.

Forget putting plastic wrap up to keep the chill at bay, new energy efficient windows will not only keep you cozy, but will cut down on your energy use — which in turns helps reduce environmental impact in general. Save the world, save money, and enjoy a crystal clear view with windows from Sela!

We offer:

– Wide selection of windows, including Marvin, Pella, Andersen, Alside & more

– Maintenance-free windows with a lifetime warranty

– Wood replacement windows

– Bays, custom bows, tilt-in windows & skylights

– Vinyl replacement windows

– Certified installer of Velux Skylights

 

Click HERE to contact us for a free estimate and consultation!