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.

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.

Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and 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.

If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof, or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.

Shrink Wrap RoofingRestoreMasters 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.

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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