Commercial Roof Inspections Saint Petersburg, FL for Tornado Damage Insurance Claims After Storm on December 15, 2022

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Disaster Response Team

Dec 16, 2022

An EF-1 tornado touched down in Saint Petersburg Thursday, Dec. 15th, leaving a wake of property and roof wind damage. RestoreMasters has field crews in Pinellas County to roll out emergency roof repair techniques designed to prevent further losses.

Commercial roof inspection services professionals are also on the ground to help impacted property owners identify damage and fast-track insurance claims. Property owners who suffered losses or suspect the cyclone compromised their roofing system are encouraged to call the roof repair office in Tampa, FL.

“Meteorologists determined it was an EF1 tornado, producing winds around 100 miles per hour. The tornado was about 300 feet wide and its track was about a quarter of a mile long, the weather service said. The St. Petersburg Police Department said 9th Avenue North is closed from 54th to 57th Street North due to a weather event that damaged a building and church. Police are advising people to avoid the area,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.

It’s essential for commercial property owners to request a complimentary roof inspection even if they did not sustain a direct hit. Twisters generate centrifugal force that pulls on objects outside their path. They also throw hard debris at gutters, roof sealants, and siding. The same holds true of roof hail damage.

Having a commercial roof inspection performed following a severe weather event documents property damage. The report serves as a vital document that backs an insurance claim.

A local map of the tornado in Saint Petersburg shows a black line where the tornado touched down and trekked across Pinellas County. It runs from Treasure Island, west of Route 699, and follows a northeast trajectory across Route 693 and 19.

Wind Damage Map St. Petersburg, FL, Tornado Damage 12/15/2022

Tornado warnings and damage videos posted on social media:

A National Weather Service high wind, hailstorm, and tornado map for Thursday, Dec. 15th, shows a cluster of storms hovering over Florida’s Gulf Coast. A full accounting indicates there were seven high-wind incidents and one tornado, all in Florida. Traditional and social media reports highlighted the property and roof storm damage in the Saint Petersburg area.

  • Gulfport: Mature trees were downed, with one collapsing on a building and damaging the roof.
  • Kenneth City: At least two buildings were damaged as the twister cut a path near 16th Avenue N. and 55th Street N.
  • Lutz: Pool cages and fences were destroyed in the Hillsborough County community. Extensive roof damage included shingles being peeled off by high winds.
  • St. Petersburg: A tress fell on the roof of the All Children’s Academy. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue responded to multiple downed and uprooted trees along 9th Avenue North, between 58th Street and 49th Street.
  • Masaryktown: An agricultural building suffered damage and large oak trees were snapped near Ayers Road And Culbreath Road.
  • Weeki Wachee Acre: A gas station awning was damaged as high winds extended into Hernando County.

Flooding was reported by law enforcement as streets were deemed impassable. RestoreMasters dispatched restoration contractors to Sanibel Island, FL, after Hurricane Ian destroyed buildings and left the community isolated.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage.

Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged.

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.

It's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment following severe weather like this so that you can determine whether you have roof damage from hail or high winds.

If roof leaks are a problem, they need to be addressed immediately. Experienced roofing contractors can either cover the affected area (or the entire roof) with a tarp or with a durable shrink wrap plastic membrane until long-term repairs can be made. Preventing water intrusion will help stop mold from growing.

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 symptoms take time to appear.

And insurance companies can require you to get a claim in before their deadline.

Emergency response crews are available to provide property owners with assistance in turnkey restoration services, as well as assistance with frozen pipe damage, window damage, siding damage, and roof damage.

We serve the following types of property owners with hail or wind damage to tile roofing: hospitals and clinics, schools, universities, institutions, churches, condos, hotels, resorts, retail properties, warehouses, mult-family, historical properties, industrial properties and residential properties.

If your building has sustained harm from fallen trees, collapsed roof or any other damage related to hail, tornado or wind storms, call us today.

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 help recovering from storm damage, contact RestoreMasters.

Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition.

A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.

The RestoreMasters team of professionals includes: public adjusters, insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, roofing and building engineers, interior restoration crews, and many more professionals specializing in insurance restoration for storm damage.

Types of roofing systems we repair & replace: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing, PVC roofing.

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