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Hustad Companies, Inc. Rapid Response Team
  .  .  .  Storm Damage Insurance Claim Service and Fast Repair.

Weather related emergencies are an unfortunate fact of life and can't be avoided. Immediate action after a weather event will limit damages and minimize consequential damage caused by exposure to the elements.

If your roof was damaged by a storm, call us for immediate, appropriate assistance.

Every member of our Rapid Response Team is experienced, knowledgeable, ready and equipped to get you back in your home or business fast.

We're there when you need us.

One phone call gets us started . . .

We are fully staffed to handle all the details of your recovery including:

 

 

 

  • insurance negotiations
  • material defect claims
  • commercial roofing services
  • soffit/fascia repair and replacement
  • gutter repair and replacement

Put your trust in a local leader!

Our name stands for quality exterior products and services. We have extensive experience working with all types of commercial exterior configurations and materials manufacturers. We will ensure seamless damage mitigation, repair and restoration.

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Do I Have Hail Damage? . . .
. . . What Does It Look Like?

Trust Us For your Hail Damage Inspections, Repairs and Insurance Claims Filings

If you have been in hailstorm the most obvious damage you see is to cars. You see the damage immediately after the last ice nugget has fallen.

You're horrified because the once smooth surface is now riddled with dents and pits.

Most people do not ever consider that their home was damaged as well.

Your roof is as susceptible to hail damage as the hood of your car. When hail hits your roof it creates a bruise. This bruise may have even cracked the fiberglass membrane and can allow water to seep into your home. It may not leak the day after the storm but over time it will happen.

Composition Shingles

It's difficult to determine whether a shingled roof needs to be replaced after a hail storm because the damage is not readily evident.

Our hail damage specialists are specially trained and experienced to determine the damage and make corrective action.

We check the entire roof structure and gutter system. If we see a large amount of granules reroofing would be a consideration.

Granules aren't just for appearance purposes, they're there to protect the asphalt based roof product (the shingle). It doesn't take much of a hail storm to dislodge a bunch of granules, thereby exposing the asphalt and shortening the service life of your roof.

If your roof went through a hail storm but no damage was readily visible but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If enough granules were knocked loose, the sun will hit the exposed asphalt further damaging the roof and underlayment. The exposed asphalt will deteriorate and more granules will come loose. In a few months and after a few rains, the damage will be readily evident.

Many times hail storms produce visible damage, but beware, only a trained roofing hail damage specialist can uncover the real damage!

 

 

 

What is an ice dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Figure 1 shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.

Figure 1. Cross section of a one-and-a-half story house with an ice dam.

What causes ice dams?
There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32° F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32°F, outside temperatures must also be below 32°F. When we say temperatures above or below 32°F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. Voila!—an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32°F. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

Nonuniform roof surface temperatures lead to ice dams.

What causes different roof surface temperatures?
Since most ice dams form at the edge of the roof, there is obviously a heat source warming the roof elsewhere. This heat is primarily coming from the house. In rare instances solar heat gain may cause these temperature differences.

Heat from the house travels to the roof surface in three ways: conduction, convection, and radiation. Conduction is heat energy traveling through a solid. A good example of this is the heating of a cast iron frying pan. The heat moves from the bottom of the pan to the handle by conduction.

If you put your hand above the frying pan, heat will reach it by the other two methods. The air right above the frying pan is heated and rises. The rising air carries heat/energy to your hand. This is heat transfer by convection. In addition, heat is transferred from the hot pan to your hand by electromagnetic waves and this is called radiation. Another example of radiation is to stand outside on a bright sunny day and feel the heat from the sun. This heat is transferred from the sun to you by radiation.

In a house, heat moves through the ceiling and insulation by conduction through the slanted portion of the ceiling (Figure 1). In many homes, there is little space in regions like this for insulation, so it is important to use insulations with high R-value per inch to reduce heat loss by conduction.

The top surface of the insulation is warmer than the other surroundings in the attic. Therefore, the air just above the insulation is heated and rises, carrying heat by convection to the roof. The higher temperatures in the insulation's top surface compared to the roof sheathing transfers heat outward by radiation. These two modes of heat transfer can be reduced by adding insulation. This will make the top surface temperature of the insulation closer to surrounding attic temperatures directly affecting convection and radiation from this surface.

There is another type of convection that transfers heat to the attic space and warms the roof. In Figure 1, the winding arrow beginning inside the house and going through the penetration in the ceiling, from the light to the attic space, illustrates heat loss by air leakage. In many homes this is the major mode of heat transfer that leads to the formation of ice dams.

Exhaust systems like those in the kitchen or bathroom that terminate just above the roof may also contribute to snow melting. These exhaust systems may have to be moved or extended in areas of high snow fall.

Other sources of heat in the attic space include chimneys. Frequent use of wood stoves and fireplaces allow heat to be transferred from the chimney into the attic space. Inadequately insulated or leaky duct work in the attic space will also be a source of heat. The same can be said about kneewall spaces.

Photograph 1 shows a single story house with an ice dam. The points of heat loss can be clearly seen as those areas with no snow. The ceiling below this area needs to be examined for air leakage, missing or inadequate insulation, leaky or poorly insulated ductwork, and the termination of a kitchen or bathroom exhaust into the attic space.

Photograph 1. A single-story house with an ice dam. The areas without snow are the points of heat loss.


Photograph 2 illustrates unusually high heat loss from the roof. There is very little snow left on the roof and at its edge is both an ice dam and a "beautiful" row of icicles.

Photograph 2. The unusually high heat loss on this roof has caused both an ice dam and icicles.

So it is primarily heat flowing from the house that is causing the nonuniform temperatures of the roof surface leading to ice dams.

Preventing ice dams
In all Minnesota communities it is possible to find homes that do not have ice dams. Ice dams can be prevented by controlling the heat loss from the home.

Dealing with ice dams

Immediate action:
  • Remove snow from the roof. This eliminates one of the ingredients necessary for the formation of an ice dam. A "roof rake" and push broom can be used to remove snow, but may damage the roofing materials.
  • In an emergency situation where water is flowing into the house structure, making channels through the ice dam allows the water behind the dam to drain off the roof. Hosing with tap water on a warm day will do this job. Work upward from the lower edge of the dam. The channel will become ineffective within days and is only a temporary solution to ice dam damage.
Long-term action:
  • First, make the ceiling air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space.
  • After sealing air leakage paths between the house and attic space, consider increasing the ceiling/roof insulation to cut down on heat loss by conduction.

Both of these actions will increase the snow load that your roof has to carry because it will no longer melt. Can your roof carry the additional load? If it is built to current codes, there should not be a structural problem. Roofs, like the rest of the home, should have been designed to withstand expected snow loads. In Minnesota, plans showing design details to meet expected snow loads are usually required to receive a building permit. The plans for your home may be on file at your local building inspection office. To help you understand the plans, or if you cannot find plans for your home, you may want to contact an architectural engineering firm. A professional engineer should be able to evaluate the structure of your home and answer your questions about the strength of your roof.

  • Natural roof ventilation can help maintain uniform roof temperatures, but if the long-term actions described here are done effectively, then only small amounts of roof ventilation are needed to maintain uniform roof surface temperatures. If heat transfer has been reduced substantially, then snow will build up on the roof and cover natural roof ventilation systems, reducing attic ventilation rates. Natural attic ventilation systems are needed to dry the attic space and remove heat buildup during the summer.

Mechanical attic ventilation IS NOT a recommended solution to ice dams in Minnesota. It can create other attic moisture problems and may cause undesirable negative pressure in the home.

WARNING!

  • Any person on the roof during the winter or performing work on the roof from below is risking injury and risking damage to the roof and house. It is important to contact professionals to carry out this job.

  • Whenever a house is tightened up, ventilation systems, exhausting devices, and combustion devices must have enough air to operate safely and effectively

Weatherization contractors, who may be listed under Energy Management and Conservation Consultants or Insulation Contractors in the Yellow Pages, are professionals who can deal with the heat transfer problem that creates ice dams. A blower door test should be used by the contractor you hire to evaluate the airtightness of your ceiling. In addition, they may have an infrared camera that can be used to find places in the ceiling where there is excessive heat loss.

 

Interior damage should not be repaired until ceilings and walls are dry. In addition, interior repair should be done together with correcting the heat loss problem that created the ice dam(s) or the damage will occur again.

Preventing ice dams in new homes
The proper new construction practices to prevent ice dams begin with following or exceeding the state code requirements for ceiling/roof insulation levels.

The second absolutely necessary practice is to construct a continuous, 100% effective air barrier through the ceiling. There should not be any air leakage from the house into the attic space!

Recessed lights, skylights, complicated roof designs, and heating ducts in the attic will all increase the risk of ice dam formation.

Mold, mildew, and air quality
Moisture entering the home from ice dams can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. These biologicals can cause respiratory problems. It is important that the growth of mold and mildew be prevented. This can be done by immediately drying out portions of the house that are wet or damp. See immediate action steps listed earlier to get rid of the water source. Action needs to be taken to clean the home environment and maintain its air quality.

WATER

Water damage to a home or business is specific to the structure, loss, contents, and particular needs and circumstances of the owners.  Most companies take a cart blanch approach to the loss.  We formulate a plan by assembling expert teams and customizing personnel, material, supplies and equipment in completing the remedy of the loss for your exact needs, efficiently and as quickly as possible.

Down time is down time, whether a home or business. Your living or working environment is destroyed, damaged, and perhaps unlivable until reconstruction is completed. 

Not only are the mechanics of processing the claim to it’s completion critical, but coordinating the efforts of the team to minimal impact on the home owner or business in getting their life back to normal and operations running smoothly again.

This overall project management is critical to the success of each disaster restoration project and is a corporate mandate for all projects we are involved with. 

The combined years of experience in the disaster restoration and construction industry from demolition to reconstruction exceeds 80 years.

Specific services provided for water damage are: 

Emergency Services

Working with fire and police, 24 hours, 7 days a week.  One of our skilled personnel with follow-up your emergency call with the appropriate action.  Plumbing, electrical, and other trades and repairs may be part of the solution. 

Water Removal

Removing the water through appropriate means. Carpet, tile, wood, ceramic, laminates, cavities spaces, etc.  Whatever the cause, we have the correct industry approved solution, with the right expert team to get the job done.  Our quick response and remedy reduces future damage to your home or business. 

Moisture Testing

We have the equipment and personnel to check and test damaged areas to industry standards to assess the water damage for treatment, repair, or replacement of the effected materials.  Evaluation and testing is required to quantify the extent of the damage. 

Moisture Removal

Removing water means moisture as well. Drying the structure requires specialized personnel, standards, dryers, dehumidifiers, removing portions of the structure to get to the cracks and crevices holding moisture that may cause future damage and health issues. Bringing structure moisture levels to an acceptable level allows a plan of action for treatment, repair, removal, or replacement of construction components to pre- damage condition.

Odor Treatment

If it has an odor or smells bad, it needs to be treated.  By using the proper solutions on particular materials and items, whether a coating or spray, the treatment dissolves and treats causes of odors restoring your home or business to its original condition. 

Content and Furnishing

Before your dwelling or business can be refurbished the contents and furnishings may need treatment as well.  From antiques and heirlooms to family rugs and children’s toys, these items may need to be sorted, moved, cleaned, and treated to restore them to pre-damage condition. 

Design and Programming

Within insurance and budget requirement we uniquely help analyze your space as it appeared before the loss and any changes to your living or business use or needs that you may want to incorporate in any modification, remodeling, and construction should reconstruction be required in restoring your structure to the pre-loss condition. 

Construction

Once the programming and design are agreed upon construction activities can be planned.  Permits, demolition, ordering materials, removing discarded material from the site, material selections, subcontractors, scheduling and sequencing the work, all play a part in the successful reconstruction of your home or business.  Keeping you appraised along the way with a schedule outlining our step-by-step progress in preparation in reusing and occupying your space.

Assimilation

This is the final step in bringing all the elements of the process back together.  Final construction details and items, clean after construction in preparation of reusing your space, return of items removed for treating and cleaning, refinished items, stored items, review and registration of product and system warranties, commissioning of systems and delivery of a project manual for maintenance and reference. 

Private Project and Insurance Claim Processing

Whether your project is partially your desire to improve your property or the result of an insurance claim, we are highly trained and experienced processing appropriate documentation with you and your insurance company, agent, and adjuster.  We mirror the same estimating program your adjuster uses in understanding the scope of your project and the values assigned to each element of the estimate for discussion and possible adjustment.  We work for you, not your insurance company. We work through and with your insurance company in providing services to finalize and complete your claim.

FIRE

Fire damage to a home or business is specific to the structure, loss, contents, and particular needs and circumstances of the owners. Most companies take a cart blanch approach to the loss. We formulate a plan by assembling expert teams and customizing personnel, material, supplies and equipment in completing the remedy of the loss for your exact needs, efficiently and as quickly as possible.

Down time is down time, whether a home or business. Your living or working environment is destroyed, damaged, and perhaps unlivable until reconstruction is completed.

Not only are the mechanics of processing the claim to it’s completion critical, but coordinating the efforts of the team to minimal impact on the home owner or business in getting their life back to normal and operations running smoothly again.

This overall project management is critical to the success of each disaster restoration project and is a corporate mandate for all projects we are involved with.

The combined years of experience in the disaster restoration and construction industry from demolition to reconstruction exceeds 80 years.

Specific services provided for fire damage are:

Emergency Services

Working with fire and police, 24 hours, 7 days a week. One of our skilled personnel with follow-up your emergency call with the appropriate action. Plumbing, electrical, and other trades and repairs may be part of the solution.

Fire and Smoke

Standard approved protocol is followed to treat, repair, and replace elements of the structure. We control and remove smoke smell through methods accepted and proven within the industry. Through our experience, you are assured burned and charred studs, drywall, cabinetry, etc. are dealt with appropriately with our goal of rebuilding your structure to a pre-loss condition, timely and effectively.

Water Removal

Not always, but usually, water damage occurs in a fire or smoke situation if the fire department or owner uses water to put out the fire. Remove the water through appropriate means. Carpet, tile, wood, ceramic, laminates, cavities spaces, etc.

Whatever the cause, we have the correct industry approved solution, with the right expert team to get the job done. Our quick response and remedy reduces future damage to your home or business.

Moisture Testing

We have the equipment and personnel to check and test damaged areas to industry standards to assess the water damage for treatment, repair, or replacement of the effected materials. Evaluation and testing is required to quantify the extent of the damage.

Moisture Removal

Removing water means moisture as well. Drying the structure requires specialized personnel, standards, dryers, dehumidifiers, removing portions of the structure to get to the cracks and crevices holding moisture that may cause future damage and health issues. Bringing structure moisture levels to an acceptable level allows a plan of action for treatment, repair, removal, or replacement of construction components to pre- damage condition.

Odor Treatment

If it has an odor or smells bad, it needs to be treated. By using the proper solutions on particular materials and items, whether a coating or spray, the treatment dissolves and treats causes of odors restoring your home or business to its original condition.

Content and Furnishing

Before your dwelling or business can be refurbished the contents and furnishings may need treatment as well. From antiques and heirlooms to family rugs and children’s toys, these items may need to be sorted, moved, cleaned, and treated to restore them to pre-damage condition.

Design and Programming

Within insurance and budget requirement we uniquely help analyze your space as it appeared before the loss and any changes to your living or business use or needs that you may want to incorporate in any modification, remodeling, and construction, should reconstruction be required in restoring your structure to the pre-loss condition.

Construction

Once the programming and design are agreed upon construction activities can be planned. Permits, demolition, ordering materials, removing discarded material from the site, material selections, subcontractors, scheduling and sequencing the work, all play a part in the successful reconstruction of your home or business. Keeping you appraised along the way with a schedule outlining our step-by-step progress in preparation in reusing and occupying your space.

Assimilation

This is the final step in bringing all the elements of the process back together. Final construction details and items, clean after construction in preparation of reusing your space, return of items removed for treating and cleaning, refinished items, stored items, review and registration of product and system warranties, commissioning of systems and delivery of a project manual for maintenance and reference.

Private Project and Insurance Claim Processing

Whether your project is partially your desire to improve your property or the result of an insurance claim, we are highly trained and experienced processing all the needed documentation with you and your insurance company, agent, and adjuster. We mirror the same estimating program your adjuster uses in understanding the scope of your project and the values assigned to each element of the estimate for discussion and possible adjustment. We work for you, not your insurance company. We work through and with your insurance company in providing services to finalize and complete your claim.

 
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