Roof Damage from Windstorms in MN

Summer in Minnesota brings wind storms that result in thousands of homes with a damaged roof or damage to siding. If you home or neighborhood is hit by winds from tornadoes or straight line winds, you may be asking what should you look for and how fast should you act? We will cover these questions below.

Roof and Siding Windstorm Damage

Both tornadoes and straight-line winds can wreak havoc the integrity of your home. After a windstorm your roof should be checked for missing shingles. The inspection should also look for loose soffits or siding, and even gutters that have shaken loose. Damage to any of these can be a problem. Missing shingles are the most obvious from wind damage and also the most problematic.

Top Priority: Avoiding Leaks!

A leaky roof will quickly create a bunch of other expensive and potentially health-hazardous conditions. Wind can also loosen siding, which may not be obvious to the eye, especially when looking up a wall that goes two or three stories. Leaks from shingles or siding damage needs only a tiny space for water to get in, creating a recipe for mold and rot under the siding and in the interior of your home. What is worse, it sometimes takes a long time to realize a problem. Leaks from windstorm damage may take weeks or months to show inside your home.

Looking for Interior Water Damage

If you see and colored spots or paint blisters on the ceiling or walls it is probably water damage.  Sheetrock and water do not mix, so once sheetrock is exposed to water you tend to know quickly about a problem. The tricky part is then determining where the water is coming from. We have seen leaks in a roof manifest in water damage many horizontal feet away, and even on floors below, skipping upper floors.

Water from a wind damaged roof (or wind damaged siding) can travel along many paths inside your home. For example, we have seen water run along roof stringers and rafters, inside framing, along plumbing and wiring, and a combination of all of this to create an internal water damage problem far removed from the source! It can be a bit of investigative work to find the lead, then immediate action to fix all the water damage in the path.

After a Windstorm

If you suspect that your home may have been damaged, and especially if you see other damage in the neighborhood,  you should have a professional inspection. Safely assessing the condition of a roof is not a good do-it-yourself project. Safety harnesses should be used on steeper roof pitches, and a professional will have long ladders to inspect the siding, soffits, and gutters on upper floors.

Free Windstorm Damage Inspection

As storm damage experts, All Sons Exteriors specialize in the replacement of roofing, siding, windows, gutters and more. As a Lakeville, MN based company, with crews spread throughout southern and central Minnesota, we can serve a radius of up to 100 miles from our Lakeville, MN, base of operations.

Windstorm Insurance Claims

If we find damage to any part of your home, our estimators will work for you in conjunction with your insurance company. Having an experienced specialists deal with the insurance company can be very beneficial in the claims process, saving you time, stress – and money. You can trust in All Sons Exteriors to take care of everything. and most importantly make sure your home is watertight!

The Top 3 Roofing Materials for Homes in Lakeville, MN and the Twin Cities

Here’s how a roofing contractor can help you determine what is best for you and your home.

Find out the top 3 roofing materials for homes in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota

A new roof is not only a major investment in your house, it can completely transform your home. Old roofing materials are now new again. There are now more choices than ever before. Each choice comes with some benefits and some considerations. The plain black asphalt tiles of the past may be available, and there is so much more to choose from including several other materials.

All Sons Exteriors only partners with leading manufacturers to give your home the presence it deserves. The materials are only as good as the people who install them. All Sons Exteriors has the over 30 years of experience so you can trust the durability of your roof for the next 30 years.

Since roofing technology has changed so much over the years, here are the top 3 roofing materials people are using today in Lakeville MN. We can help you choose which roofing solution makes the most sense for your home and for your family.


wood shingles aged by weather
Wood shingles look great but are harder to maintain

Wood has been available as a roofing material for as long as there have been roofs. While many people prefer the look of wood shingles, there are an equal number of homes that require the classic look of cedar shingles. Unfortunately, new local codes often times prohibit the installation of wood materials for new roofs. This can create issues for the homeowner who is looking for a more traditional look. Our roofing material partner Certainteed has an entire line of composite roofing materials inspired by the classic look of cedar shingles. Like many other composites, these are available in a wide variety of colors to give your home a roof that looks new, yet very familiar.


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Metal shingles can look like tile and other materials.

Metal roofing products are becoming more and more popular. Not only do they enhance contemporary, modern and the newest home styles, they can also be used with more traditional homes. No matter your house style, metal roofing has a style and finish to make your home at home in any neighborhood. Metal roofing has three big advantages over other roofing materials.

The first is it is the most durable against natural disasters. It is also fireproof. The second advantage is that it is low maintenance meaning there are fewer costs associated with maintaining this material in the long run. And the third advantage is that metal roofs last the longest. Some manufacturers offer a 50-year warranty for metal roofs. That is not to say that steel is indestructible. Severe hail can even damage a steel roof.

Metal roof damaged by hail
Metal roofing cand be damaged by large hail. No roof is damage proof.

Asphalt Shingles

Your parents probably had only one choice when it came to roofing shingles and that was asphalt. Now, homeowners have a diverse choice when it comes to asphalt shingles. Our partner GAF has a premium line of shingles that combine the elegance of a wood or composite shingle, the durability of a metal roofing material, that comes with a lifetime warranty. There are a wide variety of textures, colors, and technology built into every asphalt shingle to maximize both the style and the function of your investment.

Why not call All Sons Exteriors to schedule an appointment and get an estimate by calling  952-469-5221 or email us at We can show you how you can effectively change the entire feel of your house yet still maintain the charm of your home in your neighborhood.