Storm Damage Keeps Contractors Busy

Hail damage in Blaine, Minn.

Hail damage in Blaine, Minn.

Damage to homes from severe weather added to an already busy summer for Minnesota’s exterior and roofing contractors.

No city has more storm damage in Minnesota than the northern Twin Cities suburb of Blaine, which was hit hard by hail and high winds on June 11.

The storm made national news, as residents of the northern suburbs used shovels and snow blowers to clear hail from driveways and sidewalks.

For a large section of Blaine, few homes escaped damage. Nearly 13,000 homes were in the path of the storm, and more than 90 percent are in need of some type of repair.

We expect around 12,000 roofs to be replaced.
— Dan Hauck, Chief Building Official for the City of Blaine

In addition to the new roofs, Hauck estimates nearly 4,000 homes will need to have siding or windows replaced.

In the days following the storm, roofing and exterior contractors formed a massive line at city hall, with some waiting in line for hours to pull multiple permits. On its website, the city says there may be a delay in normal permit processing and scheduling of inspections due to the volume of work related to the June 11 storm.

Four thousand permits were pulled in Blaine through July with only 475 closed. Hauck said the city expects work to continue well into next year.