Commercial Roof Inspections in Columbia, PA for Hail Damage Insurance Claims After Storm on July 1, 2022
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Intense storm fronts left residents sheltering in place as hail damaged roofs in Columbia, PA, and across Lancaster County on Friday, July 1st. Property owners require prompt commercial roof inspection services to assess the hail property damage and expedite insurance claims. RestoreMasters has emergency roof inspection and repair professionals in Lancaster County.
“(Marie) Dermo heard what she thought was thunder, and felt like an earthquake, as her house shook. The power went off briefly and then came back on. As the storm surrounded her home, she told her children to move away from windows and put them in the hallway,” according to Lancaster Online. “Firefighters responded to a call after a tree fell onto a home on Plymouth Road in Manor Township. That tree also brought down utility wires. There were other reports of tree branches down on roadways in Manor and Lancaster Townships, and traffic lights were out on Columbia Avenue in Lancaster Township after the storm.”
Commercial property owners and managers are urged to request a complimentary roof inspection to create a record of the wind and hail roof damage. Documentation can help speed insurance claims processes while emergency roof repair efforts are underway.
A local hailstorm damage map shows a pair of storm fronts over Lancaster County. One stretches from Hallam, across Columbia, and northeast to Lancaster Airport. The other impacted southern Lancaster County, running from Lake Clarke to Mechanics Grove. The light yellow areas indicate hail up to 1.25 inches around made landfall. The orange sections over Columbia, Marietta, Martic Forge, Buck, and Rawlinsville show hailstones 1.75 inches in diameter cracked windshields, shingles and left leaking roofs in the storm’s wake.
Weather service map warns of coming storm on Twitter.
The National Weather Service high wind, tornado, and hail damage map highlights an extreme weather system across southern Pennsylvania and isolated storms in New York, Ohio, Indiana, South Dakota, and others. All told, 166 high wind incidents and 19 hailstone strikes were reported Friday, July 1st. Wide-reaching reports demonstrate the extent of the hail damage to roofing systems and other property in the Columbia area.
- Honey Brook: Trees blocked the road at the intersection of Compass and Hill roads, as well as Good Hope Road, Flint Hill Road, and Route 896.
- Millersville: Trees and power lines were toppled in the Manor Ridge area.
- New Holland: Ice the size of a quarter pelted the Lancaster County community during the early afternoon. High winds pushed trees onto power lines.
- Reading: Ice the size of half-dollars struck rooftops and automobiles across Berks County.
- Spring Grove: A tree snapped and landed on a residential property on Stoverstown Road.
- Stewartstown: High winds dropped trees and power lines on Barnes Road in York County.
- Wakefield: High winds downed trees and hundreds were left without power across Lancaster County.
A commercial roof inspection following a high wind event or hailstorm provides an essential record. The process also identifies seemingly minor wind and hail roof damage that leads to water damage. RestoreMasters sent commercial roof inspection services and emergency repair crews to Fort Wayne, Indiana, after a hailstorm hit on June 13, 2022.
Tornadoes, hail, and even strong winds can cause severe wind damage to roofing systems. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. Roof damage can be severe or mild, depending on various factors which include: materials used on the roof, impact of debris, building height and proximity to other buildings, age, angle and shape of the roof and type of roofing.
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