Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mastercraft Exteriors Blogging About How Hail Forms and Damage St Louis

Hail Formation by Mastercraft Exteriors 


Hail is a form of frozen precipitation that's created by strong thunderstorms with fast updrafts—air being pulled upward into a thunderstorm. It can cause serious damage, especially to cars, aircraft, glass-roofed structures, and most notably, farmers' crops. Hail causes approximately $1 billion in property and crop damage each year. The costliest hailstorm happened in April 2001, from eastern Kansas to southwest Illinois, including the St. Louis area. Property damage in this storm exceeded $2.4 billion in 2010 dollars. Deaths from hail are rare—the last known death caused by hail in the U.S. was in the year 2000, when a man was killed by softball size hail in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hail Formation

Hail Formation
 Hail is formed when very strong thunderstorm updrafts meet supercooled water droplets. Supercooled water droplets are liquid water drops that are surrounded by air that is below freezing, and they're a common occurrence in thunderstorms. There are two methods of hail stone formation and growth that give hail stones their "layered" look.


Wet Growth

A tiny ice crystal will be the nucleus of the hail stone. In wet growth, supercooled water droplets collide with and spreads across the ice nucleus. Since this process is relatively slow (slower than the dry growth process) it results in a layer of clear ice.

Dry Growth

Unlike wet growth, the supercooled water meets the ice nucleus and immediately freezes. Because this process is so fast, everything within the supercooled droplet, including small air bubbles, freezes into the layer, which gives it a cloudy look.
Rain and hail is what creates the "bounded" portion of the bounded weak echo region (BWER) on radar. The weak echo region is created by a strong updraft, which also helps the hail to grow.
    1. Hail forms and is carried upward through the storm by the updraft and held above the freezing line 2. The hail stone collides with supercooled droplets and grows in size 3. When the hail becomes too large and heavy to be supported by the updraft, it falls to the ground

    Hail has done major damage to St Louis, MO Homes

    Several areas like St Louis, MO, Southern IL, Kansas, Minnesota, and parts of Ohio all were damaged by the recent storms.  What does this mean when hail hits your home? Hail can make very noticeable damage to cars, windows, siding, etc. But when it comes to your roof, you will need a professional to look at the damage.  Once a shingle is compromised, the  shingle will not protect your home like it should.  The granules will be worn off causing major interior damage if left alone.  
In summary home owners who think they may have suffered storm damage should:
  • Look for visible water damage inside your home.
  • Look for damage to your roof's shingles that may compromise the effective life of your roof.
  • If necessary, contact your insurance agent and file a claim.
  • Consult a local roofing contractor trained in Roof Hail Damage to represent your interests.
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Mastercraft Exteriors is one of 2 National Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors in the United States. Winning the Owens Corning Proficiency award in 2011 and 2012. 
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    Friday, April 8, 2011

    Mastercraft Exteriors Inc. Announces New Executive Team

    Richard Spanton Jr., founder and CEO of Mastercraft Exteriors Inc., announced that a new executive team has been formed to lead company operations in 2010 and beyond.

    Accepting the role of Vice President of National Storm Operations is Bryan Becker. Bryan's 15 years of experience in the roofing and siding industry is just one of the many attributes that make him great for this new role. From his humble beginnings as a siding installer to managing upwards of 3,500 roofing jobs per year, Bryan has what it takes to lead a national sales and construction team for Mastercraft Exteriors. Bryan has been with Mastercraft Exteriors since 2005.

    The new Vice President of Administration will be Mastercraft Exteriors veteran Meredith Becker. Meredith has excelled at managing an industry-leading back office operation, assuming all positions from reception to insurance claim processing. Meredith has great tenacity and a willingness to get the job done, at all costs. For the past five years, Meredith has been the office manager and has led a team of seven employees at Mastercraft's national headquarters. Under her direction, the team has collected well over $100 million in accounts receivable during her tenure.

    Friday, April 4, 2008

    Hail Damage St Louis, MO

    Hail Damage St Louis, MO | Mastercraft Exteriors

    Recently St Louis was devastated by Tornadoes, Wind and Hail.

    Mastercraft Exteriors is the nation's leading roofing contractor in both service and craftsmanship. We are one of two national certified contractors offering the Owens Corning Platinum Warranty to our clients. Not only will our workmanship be top notch, but our follow up and communication is second to none.