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.

Some roofing systems can be severely harmed by damage from heavy winds, tornadoes, or hail. Some older roofs can sustain damage from only 50 mph winds. The intensity of roof damage is determined by various factors: the velocity and impact of flying debris, the quality of the original installation, the building height and location in relation to other buildings, the angle and shape of the roof, and the material used on the roof.

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. 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.
If your property was anywhere within the storm damage map, it would be best to get your roof inspected, even if you think your roof was not damaged. Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately. And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
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.
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.
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.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.
Our team, comprised of large loss claims experts works directly with your insurance company to help get your business back into operation again as soon as possible. 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.
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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