Contractor Responds to Milwaukee, Southeast Wisconsin Tornados & Wind Roof Damage on October 12, 2022

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Oct 13, 2022

A barrage of tornados ripped through Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin, and emergency roof repair and inspection professionals are working with impacted property owners. Commercial roof inspection services and repairs are critical following high-wind incidents and tornados that tear off shingles and panels. RestoreMasters has contractors available at the roof repair office in Appleton, WI.  

“The tornado touched down in West Allis, six and a half miles from Milwaukee. From there, it traveled three miles in just ten minutes before dissipating a few miles outside downtown,” according to Outdoors. “On Wednesday, three other small twisters also made contact near Burlington, Wis., which is about 11 miles from Milwaukee; Nashotah, Wis., which sits about 30 miles west of the city; and Lake Geneva, Wis., which is 50 miles to the southwest.”

Wind speeds reportedly reached 75 mph, and commercial property owners are advised to request a complimentary roof inspection. High winds typically loosen roofing panels, tear away shingles, and compromise flat roofing systems. Even when tornadoes do not leave immediate roof leaks, the vacuum force impugns the integrity of flashing, sealants, panels, and flat rubber materials.

A local map of the tornado wreckage in Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin shows a gray patch south of Milwaukee where high winds ripped across residential neighborhoods and business districts. The multiple black lines strewn across Southeast Wisconsin are where twisters touched down and tore a path. Cities and towns suffered tornado and wind roof damage in counties that include Milwaukee, Waukesha, Walworth, and Racine.

Wind & Tornado Damage Map - Milwaukee, Southeast Wisconsin 10/12/2022

 Social media posts about the Milwaukee tornado and related storms:

The National Weather Service high wind, tornado, and hail roof damage map for Wednesday, Oct. 12th, shows extreme storms across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky, as well as concentrations in Georgia and Southeast Wisconsin. There were 12 tornados, 92 high wind incidents, and 51 hailstorms over 24 hours. Reports indicate Milwaukee and other Southeast Wisconsin counties sustained the following.

  • Milwaukee County: Peak wind speeds exceeded 75 mph as metal roof panels peeled off agricultural buildings. Brown Deer and West Allis saw tornados cut paths near residential and business districts. Large tree limbs were snapped near Metro Milwaukee, and wind roof damage reports of missing shingles were fielded. A mature tree was downed in West Allis, blocking 65th and Cleveland Ave, as well as Hayes Ave.
  • Racine County: Twisters touched down in Franksville and Burlington, driving 65 mph winds. Wide-reaching structural damage to commercial buildings was reported. Images of an agricultural building’s roof torn off trended on social media.
  • Walworth County: Lake Geneva, Elkhorn, and Whitewater all suffered tornado and wind damage as debris littered the areas when funnel clouds lofted. Winds of 65 mph were recorded as debris pelted siding, gutters, and roofing systems. In Delavan, an uprooted tree landed on a house.
  • Waukesha County: Pewaukee and Nashotah saw funnel clouds touch down. Large trees were toppled in Brookfield, Merton, Okauchee Lake, and Oconomowoc.

More than 20,000 residential and commercial buildings lost power, leaving many without climate control protections against mold growths. A commercial roof inspection, followed by repairs, can prevent unnecessary water damage and health hazards. Intense straight-line winds and the sucking force from twisters are a perfect storm for roof damage.

RestoreMasters contractors and commercial roof inspection services specialists were in Milwaukee and Southern Wisconsin to support property owners’ wind and roof hail damage insurance claims on June 13, 2022.

Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. 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. Circumstances do not always allow for immediate repair of roof leaks. In the meantime, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can cover the roof or affected area with a tarp or with a durable plastic shrink wrap material, until such a time when more permanent repairs can be made. We need to stop more moisture damage, so we can prevent mold growth.
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. Some storm damage symptoms take time to appear. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
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.
The types of clients that consistently rely on RestoreMasters to assist them with hail or wind damage to tile roofing includes: all commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, churches, condos, apartments, hotels, resorts, restaurants, dealerships, retail properties, historical homes & buildings, warehouses and industrial properties.
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.
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 assistance with storm damage repair.
As large loss claims experts, our team works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back on its feet. We provide all aspects of building restoration, from emergency response services and cleanup to total build back of your facility.
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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