Commercial Roof Inspections Billings, MT for Hail Damage Insurance Claims After Storm on July 24, 2022
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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 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.
Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage.
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.
Following severe weather like this, it's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment to determine whether or not you have roof damage from hail or wind.
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.
Even if you don't think your roof was damaged, you will want to get your roof inspected if your property falls anywhere within the hail damage map.
Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away.
And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof, or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.
RestoreMasters is a hail damage roofing and restoration contractor and provides storm damage restoration services including: commercial and industrial roofing, emergency roof repair, tarping & shrink wrap roofing, tile roof repair, water removal, burst pipe repair, water damage restoration, fire damage cleanup & fire damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.
If you need help recovering from storm damage, contact RestoreMasters.
As large loss claims experts, our team works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back on its feet.
A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.
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.
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