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September 02, 2014 06:00 PM

Shingling Permits Through The Roof

Sioux Falls, SD

The June hail storm continues to leave its mark on Sioux Falls.  The city has issued more building permits this year than ever before. The city says more than half of those permits are for re-siding and re-shingling homes. 

It's a common scene in a lot of neighborhoods in Sioux Falls right now: homeowners hiring crews to re-shingle their hail damaged roofs.

"We had close to $2,000 worth of damage on our roof; we had two skylights bust out during both storms," Sara DeSmet said.

DeSmet re-shingled her roof in July and had her fiancé, who works for a roofing company, do most of the work.

"The adjuster said it was pretty significant damage," DeSmet said.

Roofing contractors are busy and so is the city planning office that issues building permits.

"We've got roofing contractors who are coming in and getting 30 to 50 to 60 permits at a time," Ron Bell with the city planning office said.

To give you some perspective, at this time last year the city had issued 1,210 permits for re-shingling; this year, the city has issued 4,039 permits.

"Well after a hail storm, we typically get a whole lot of re-shingles, but the amount of re-shingles we're seeing is just phenomenal," Bell said.

In fact, Bell says there has already been $33 million worth of re-shingling work through the month of August, but he expects that number to grow even higher.

"We're hearing from the roofers that this pace is going to last into all of next year; that's what we're hearing from the roofing contractors who are coming in," Bell said.

Nearly 1,900 of the 4,000 re-shingling permits were issued in August alone.  Last year in August, there were just over 200.

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