Commercial Roofing Contractor Responds to Roof Hail Damage in West Des Moines & Clive, Iowa After August 19, 2022 Storm Pounds Region

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Aug 20, 2022

A fast-moving hailstorm ripped through West Des Moines and Clive, Iowa, Friday, August 19th, smashing car windshields and inflicting heavy roof damage across the area. Commercial building owners require emergency roof repair to prevent water damage and further losses. RestoreMasters field crews are responding from the roof repair offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“I have never seen this before in my life,” an Iowa resident reportedly told Fox Weather. “All the lights are busted out, and our shades are about to fall. And it just keeps coming.”

Valley High School in West Des Moines reportedly suffered hail roof damage to the gymnasium as gaping holes allowed water to pour through, flooding the facility. Outside, teachers and students watched as massive hailstones smashed car windshields, leaving many stranded.

Commercial, agricultural, and institutional building owners and managers are urged to request a complimentary roof inspection. A storm of this magnitude leaves a wake of hail damage to roofing systems ranging from small cracks to broken shingles and panels. A commercial roof inspection expert can pinpoint troubled areas and prevent a leaking roof from causing interior water damage.

A local hail damage map shows a thick storm concentration stretching from Jordan Creek Town Center to MercyOne Children’s Hospital. The yellow areas highlight hailstones up to 1.25 inches in diameter cracking glass and roofing shingles. The orange portions indicate ice chucks up to 1.75 inches, with the darker section pointing to hail of 2.5 inches. But the purple where I-80, I-35, and I-235 converge indicates massive hailstones upwards of 3 inches in diameter pummeling rooftops.

Hail Damage Map - Roof Damage West Des Moines Clive, Iowa

Intense hail storm inspires multiple posts to social media by local residents and storm chasers:

The National Weather Service high wind and hailstorm damage map for Friday, August 19th, shows isolated storm fronts across Eastern Nebraska, West Virginia, Georgia, and Iowa. All told, eight high wind incidents and 19 hailstorms were reported for the day. Traditional news and social media reports pointed to heavy property and roof damage across Polk County and especially in the Des Moines and Clive region.  

  • Clive: Neighborhoods and business districts sustained substantial roof damage as golf ball-sized hail baseball-sized hail destroyed property. The West Valley Mall took heavy ice fall and wind gusts during the afternoon.
  • Des Moines: The metro area was pelted by hail ice the size of quarters that dented siding, gutters, and roof shingles.  
  • West Des Moines: Hail the size of hen eggs and ping pong-sized hail repeated pounded the Polk County community. The hailstorm was accompanied by destructive wind gusts that reached 60 mph, flinging debris and hail into structures.

Polk and neighboring counties were expected to see heavy rainfall following the hailstorm that could exacerbate leaking roofs and usher in water damage and hazardous mold growths. It’s essential to utilize commercial roof inspection services and emergency repairs to prevent unnecessary losses.

RestoreMasters dispatched commercial roof inspection and emergency repair crews to Chicago, IL, to help secure buildings and fast-tract the insurance claim process after hail, high winds, and tornados devastated the area on July 22, 2022.

Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems.

Some older roofs can sustain damage from only 50 mph winds.

Several factors will determine the severity of roof damage: the height of the building and proximity to nearby structures, the quality of work by the original installers, the shape and angle of the roof, the age and type of roofing materials, and the impact from debris.

After a severe storm of hail or high winds, it is important to get your roof inspected, and have a property damage assessment report so that you can learn whether you have damage to your roofing system.

In situations where you've got a leaking roof, experienced disaster roofing contractors can stop the leaks temporarily, by laying tarp or by using a durable shrink-wrap plastic membrane in the affected areas, or even over the entire roof. This will keep your building protected until permanent repairs can take place. This will help prevent mold infestation from water leaks.

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 deadlines from insurance companies could hinder you from filing a claim later.

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.

Our clients include: schools, hospitals, hotels, churches, resorts, retail, warehouse, industrial, and other commercial properties as well as residential properties with hail or wind damage to tile roofing systems.

Give us a call today, if the building on your property recently was damaged from wind, fallen trees, hail, collapsed roof or any other storm-related damage.

Wind Damage to RoofWe are a disaster restoration contractor providing damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood. RestoreMasters responds to disaster emergencies by repairing roofing systems of commercial and residential buildings, starting with temporary solutions using tarp or shrink wrap to prevent leaks, until more permanent solutions are decided upon. We also assist with debris cleanup, water removal, burst pipe damage repair, water damage building restoration, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and reconstruction, and many other services to rebuild your damaged property. We also provide fire & smoke damage restoration.

Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.

As one of the nation's leading large loss claims experts, our team of independent adjusters works directly with your insurance company to help expedite the process and get your facility back to full operation in no time.

As a turnkey restoration contractor, we step in at the beginning with emergency response services and will stay with you throughout the entire process till your property is built 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.

We provide repair, replacement and restoration services due to tornado damage and hurricane damage for the following roofing systems: 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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