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R&A Contracting - hail damage St. Louis

Spring is coming and that means hail storms are on their way to St. Louis in early summer. SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) roofing has a unique reaction to hail. Slight to moderate hail is known to bounce right off an SPF surface with the proper amount of elastomeric protective coating applied. In fact, roof bruising can be minimal from hail impact of even moderate size hail stones. It’s when the hail stones become bigger, faster, and stronger that we see the difference SPF roofing can make.

Missouri is one of the top five states for filing hail-related insurance claims. (happening app dating) State Farm Insurance reported over 23,000 hail-related insurance claims in 2014 alone. While some may view metal paneling or other “stronger” roofing material to be the preferred choice in a hail storm, we respectfully disagree.

SPF roofing creates a monolithic covering over any roofing substrate during installation. As the SPF liquid compound is applied, it invades and seals off any crack or larger opening. Upon contact, the SPF begins its rapid expansion process and bonds with the existing roof material. Other roofing solutions often rely on large-surfaced materials, such as heavy roofing panels or sheeting to span greater sections of the roofing surface. With SPF roofing, it limits the exposure your building faces if your roof sustains any hail damage.

Unfortunately, no standard commercial roofing can perfectly prevent damage during a severe hail storm. However, SPF roofing is a game-changing roof solution when it comes to severe hail damage. Any puncture or damage of an SPF roofing surface limits the size of the opening. (SprayFoam.org) A smaller opening isolated to just the exact damage point means no additional exposure that may come from a compromised roofing panel. Severe hail damage of an SPF roof is often easily repaired with requiring the same extensive and expensive tear-off of much larger roofing panels.

Is your roof built to withstand a hailstorm this spring? If not, our R&A Contracting team provides complimentary on-site roof inspections to help you identify and document any damage your roof is showing. We’re St. Louis’ leader in SPF commercial roofing and we’re here to serve you!

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO