Hail Damage Roof Repair for Orange Beach, AL Following April 9, 2021 Hail Storm

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Apr 21, 2021

RestoreMasters emergency roofing and repair teams are ready to help property and business owners quickly address emergency roofing needs and insurance assessments in Orange Beach, Alabama after strong storms dropped devastating hail on Friday, April 9th. Several Alabama counties reported hail, but the largest hail fell on Orange Beach, where residents shared astonishing photos of softball sized hailstones.

Combined with high winds, hail this size may have been falling at over 100mph. Hail as small as 1” can cause damage to shingles, and the National Weather Service shared reports of significant property damage after this barrage, damage that can severely shorten the life of a roofing system.  

Here are a few examples of hail damage we uncovered in a neighboring Florida hail storm. While it's hard to see damage to the roof from a distance, our roof inspection uncovered significant hail damage, including punctures through the modified bitumen membrane on this roof.

Several Alabama counties also saw strong winds gusting up to 79mph, damaging buildings and bringing down trees and power lines. Thomasville in Clarke county reported several large pine trees thrown into houses. Baldwin county reported an entire roof blown off the dugouts at the Summerdale ball park. The falling speed of the hail in these storms was likely exacerbated by these high winds, making the damage to property even more severe.

Local hail maps indicate that the worst of the Orange Beach impact was felt right along the coast, with 2.5-4” hail (purple) falling over the Gulf State Park, and 1.5-2.5” hail (orange and red) falling over an area stretching from the Gulf Shores area up to Josephine and Perdido Beach. Hail at least 1” in size (yellow) covered an even larger area, stretching all the way from Fort Morgan up the coast to Lillian.

Orange Beach Hail Damage Map April 9, 2021

Other Alabama counties affected by this intense round of storms include:

  • Clarke – Tennis ball sized hail reported from Coffeeyville, Salitpa, Bashi, which caused damage to vehicles
  • Marengo – Quarter sized hail reported near Linden
  • Houston – Reports from Cottonwood and Columbia of hail up to 1” in diameter
  • Elmore – Quarter sized hail reported from the Lightwood and Eclectic communities
  • Talladega – Dime to quarter sized hail spotted in the Childersburg and Sylacauga area
  • Walker – Hail reported from several communities in Lupton, Dora, Curry, Manchester, and Sumiton; spotters described ground covered by huge quantities of quarter sized hail
  • Jefferson – Morris and Palmerdale reported quarter sized hailstones
  • Blount – Quarter sized hail reported near Arkadelphia
  • Sumter – Rural reports of quarter sized hail
  • Hale – Quarter sized hail reported near Lake Payne and in Moundville
  • Tuscaloosa – Golf ball sized hail reported near Elrod, Echola saw 1.5” diameter hailstones
  • Pickens – Several reports from Gordo describing hail golf ball to over 2” in diameter
  • Baldwin – Golf ball to softball sized hail reported from Orange Beach, Josephine, Lillian, and the Gulf Shores area. Significant property damage reported to metal roofs, vehicles

Hail as small as 1” can damage structures, and hail damage can be especially hard to detect on roofing materials like metal, TPO, EPDM or even shingles.

In addition to 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 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 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 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.

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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.

Metal Roof & AC Unit With Hail DamageIf 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.

If you need help, 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.

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