Contractor Responds After Big Hail Causes Roof Damage in Augusta, GA March 16, 2022
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
An intense hailstorm swept across the greater Augusta, Georgia, area on Wednesday, March 16th, causing widespread property damage. RestoreMasters is responding to help affected property owners secure impacted roofs before rain moves into the region. Roofing crews have been in the field assessing commercial buildings and expediting repairs.
Businesses owners and property managers are advised to promptly contact a roof specialist to prevent water from penetrating their buildings. Moisture and warming temperatures typically promote dangerous mold growth in attics and behind structural walls.
The Central Georgia counties pelted by hailstones include Columbia, Washington, Jones, Monroe, Richmond, Newton, Jenkins, Burke, and Bryan. Local weather maps clearly indicate Columbia and Jones County sustained the most severe weather, with golf ball-sized ice striking residential and commercial buildings across the area between 4:46 p.m. and 7:22 p.m. Richmond Hill was the first to feel the effects, taking a peppering of quarter-sized ice at 10:41 a.m. Affected areas shown on the map indicate those hit with hailstones 1" and larger (yellow) and hailstones 1.25" and larger (orange).
National Weather Service radar for March 16th shows that Central Georgia hailstorm reports were tied to a total of 37 severe weather incidents that also struck portions of Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. Communities that incurred property damage include the following.
- Augusta – Hailstones ranging from 1 inch to nearly 2 inches in diameter caused significant property damage.
- Grovetown – Hail the size of a quarter reportedly blanked the community.
- Gray – Neighborhoods saw two separate incidents of hail fall from 6:26-6:48 p.m.
- Tennille – Reports of 1-inch wide hail struck homes and businesses throughout the area during two separate ice dumps on March 16 within one hour.
- Hillsboro – Large hailstones were reportedly mixed in with a sheet of small ice that covered the region.
- Jackson – Icefall as large as a half-dollar pounded automobiles and rooftops at approximately 5:45 p.m.
- Millen – Ice upwards of 1 inch fell across areas of Jenkins County while a severe weather alert was in effect.
- Waynesboro – Northeast Waynesboro reportedly took the brunt of the hail that fell to the northeast.
The March 16th severe weather event involved storm clouds dropping hard ice in wide-reaching communities. Radar indicates multiple hail patterns affecting people as far south as Perkins, properties along Route 15 between Tennille and Wrightsville, eastern towns such as Allendale, and tracts north of Fairfax. While Augusta experienced among the largest hailstones, communities such as Woodbridge, Clarks Hill, and as far north as Colliers also sustained damage.
Georgia experiences approximately 35 hailstorm weather warnings annually, and 18 of those alerts result in ice making landfall. The Peach State saw hail the size of tennis balls strike Gwinnett and Dacula in 2018 that rivaled a record-setting storm in July 1998. Home and commercial business owners are urged to contact a roofing specialist and undergo a prompt inspection following a hail event. Even seemingly small cracks allow water to infiltrate buildings, causing beams to weaken and hazardous mold growths to flourish.
In addition to roof damage from hail, 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) is covered with a durable shrink wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place.
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, 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.
RestoreMasters 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, water damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.
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