Commercial Roof Inspections Billings, MT for Hail Damage Insurance Claims After Storm on July 24, 2022

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Jul 25, 2022

A fast-moving storm pounded Billings, MT, on Sunday, July 24th, with high winds driving hail into buildings and a deluge of rain drenching the region. Significant property damage was inflicted, and commercial roof inspections are needed to identify leaks, implement emergency roof repair and expedite insurance claims. RestoreMasters deployed commercial roof inspection services crews to Billings to help property owners avoid unnecessary losses.

“A powerful storm passed over the Billings area beginning about 7 p.m. Sunday, bringing dime-sized hail that stripped the leaves from trees, pounded crops, and in some areas dented cars and shredded vinyl siding,” the Billings Gazette reported. “High winds tore the awnings off some businesses and blew some trees and branches into streets. More than a half-an-inch of rain fell in minutes, flooding streets and sidewalks.”

When hailstone strikes are coupled with torrential downpours, rain infiltrates a commercial building’s roof deck, weakening rafters, load-bearing walls, and spurring hazardous mold growths. That’s why property owners and managers are advised to request a complimentary roof inspection.

A local hail damage map shows fronts over Billings, north of Hardin, and one just south of Route 212 between Crow Agency and Busby. The yellow sections point to hail up to 1.25 inches in diameter making ground fall. The orange portions covering Billings indicate hailstones up to 1.75 inches struck automobiles and rooftops.

Hail & Wind Damage Map - Billings, MT, Wind, Hail, 7/21/22

Hail storm images and videos posted on social media:

The National Weather Service high wind and hailstorm damage map for Sunday, July 24th, shows concentrated severe weather across Pennsylvania, New York, and New England, with isolated events in the Carolinas and Montana. A full accounting indicates 200 high wind incidents and eight hailstorms occurred within 24 hours. Traditional news and social media platforms reported the following wind and hail damage to roofing systems and other property losses in Yellowstone and neighboring counties.  

  • Billings: Yellowstone County sustained multiple hailstone strikes with ice the size of ping pong balls battering rooftops. High winds reportedly neared 70 mph as commercial buildings sustained damage to siding, awnings, and torn roof shingles. Dozens of buildings were without power and traffic signals were knocked offline as mature trees fell across roads.
  • Rapelje: The Stillwater County town was blanketed by hail the size of mothballs. Strong wind gusts snapped tree limbs and sent debris flying into structures.

More than 1.5 inches of rain reportedly fell during the destructive storm, tripling the previous daily record. That much damage and moisture typically result in a leaking roof and scheduling a prompt commercial roof inspection helps identify problem areas to demonstrate losses to insurance companies. RestoreMasters sent emergency roof repair and inspection specialists to Bismarck, ND, for wind damage insurance claims after a storm hit on June 19, 2022.

Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. The severity of roof damage depends on several factors including: type and age of roofing materials, presence of flying debris, roof shape and angle, building height and proximity to adjacent structures and the quality of original roof installation.

Getting a roof inspection & property damage assessment after severe weather like this is important for determining whether you need to address roof damage from hail or high winds. If roof leaks do occur, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can stop leaks with tarping or shrink wrapping, where affected areas (or the entire roof) are covered with a durable shrink-wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place. That way you can prevent mold growth from water intrusion.
If your property was anywhere within the storm damage map, it would be best to get your roof inspected, even if you think your roof was not damaged. Some storm damage symptoms take time to appear. And insurance companies can require you to get a claim in before their deadline.
Commercial property owners can depend on RestoreMasters emergency response crews to assist them with catastrophic roof damage, siding and window damage, frozen pipe damageand turnkey restoration services.
The types of clients that consistently rely on RestoreMasters to assist them with hail or wind damage to tile roofing includes: all commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, churches, condos, apartments, hotels, resorts, restaurants, dealerships, retail properties, historical homes & buildings, warehouses and industrial properties.
Call us today, if your building or roofing system has seen damage from fallen trees or collapsed roof or any other damage from hail, tornadoes or wind storms.
Lighthouse Tabernacle - Sulphur, LARestoreMasters is a disaster restoration contractor, providing storm damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood, responding to emergencies in disaster situations, by aiding with repair of commercial and industrial roofing, tile roofs, providing temporary solutions to cover damaged roofs with tarp or shrink wrap. We also provide clean up of storm debris, water damage cleanup, frozen pipe burst cleanup, restoration after water damage, mold remediation, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, interior restoration and construction and much more. We also provide fire damage cleanup & restoration.
If you need storm damage repair, contact RestoreMasters.
Our team, comprised of large loss claims experts works directly with your insurance company to help get your business back into operation again as soon as possible. We provide all aspects of building restoration, from emergency response services and cleanup to total build back of your facility.
Our team of professionals includes: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, building engineers, roofing engineers, interior construction experts, large loss attorneys and other professionals specialized in storm damage insurance restoration projects.
We do repair, replacement and restoration services on the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing for hail damage, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing from hurricane damage, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing.

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