Roofing Contractor Deployed To Central Jersey & Philadelphia, PA Area Due To Tennis Ball-Sized Hail, on May 20, 2022
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
Friday, May 20th brought about heavy thunderstorms to the Philadelphia area, extending across the border to New Jersey. According to nj.com, hail measuring 2.5” in diameter, the size of a tennis ball dropped in Burlington County. Nearby, there was another storm a few days ago, with teacup-sized hail (3" in diameter), in Maryland & Delaware area, on May 16th. The winds were up to 70 miles per hour during that storm.
Additionally, Camden County and Burlington County saw ping pong-ball-sized stones. Tennis ball-sized hail is rare in New Jersey. There was a tornado watch for 13 counties and a brief EF-0 tornado in Hazlet Township in the evening. Fortunately, there was no more severe tornadic activity, which could be devastating in a densely populated area such as New Jersey.
RestoreMasters contractors were sent to the area to assist with assessing roof damage. Hail at the size of a tennis ball falls at 44 - 72 mph, with no wind to propel it causes significant damage. This type of hail can break ceramic roof tiles, chip and crack asphalt tiles, dent and damage gutters, crack windows, and wreak havoc on sidings. Even small hail propelled in high winds can create damage.
The local hail and storm map indicates up to 2.5” hailstones indicated by dark orange. Varied size hail from 1” (yellow) to 1.75” (orange) pelted various areas around Pennsylvania, PA across the border to New Jersey’s Camden and Burlington County.
Hail in the range of tennis ball size is rare in New Jersey, so local social media blew up with images and videos of the storm:
NOAA’s National Weather Service storm report mentions hail up to golf-ball-size in Pennsylvania as well as tennis ball-sized hail in New Jersey. Trees were down all throughout the storm area in Pennsylvania.
- Aberdeen: Brief EF-0 tornado in Monmouth County, NJ.
- Denver: Quarter-size hail in Lancaster County, PA.
- Lorane: Hail knocked down branches and leaves from trees in Berks County, PA
- Boyertown: 55 mph wind gusts, in Berks County, PA.
- Green Ridge: One-inch hail, in Berks County, PA.
- Ruscombmanor Twp: Hail about the size of ping pong balls, trees down on Link Road from a possible microburst, in Berks County PA
- Point Breeze: Hail up to half dollar-size, in Philadelphia County, PA.
- Springdale: Quarter size hail, in Camden County, NJ.
- Gibbsboro: Quarter-inch hail, in Camden County, NJ.
- Shamong: One- to Two-inch hailstones, in Burlington County, NJ.
- Medford Lakes: Ping Pong ball-size hail, in Burlington County, NJ.
- Acosta: Trees down on wires, in Somerset, PA.
- Confluence: Four large pine trees down across Turkeyfoot Road, in Somerset, PA.
- Wellersburg: Trees down on wires along Rose Haven Road, in Bedford County, PA.
- New Holland: Trees down on wires near Blue Ball, in Lancaster County, PA.
- Robeson Twp: Several large tree branches down, in Berks County, PA.
- Palmyra: Trees and wires down along Gravel Hill Road, and Route 422 West of Annville, in Lebanon, PA.
- York: Trees down on wires on Walnut street, and near Parkway Blvd., in York County, PA
- Lititz: Trees down on wires, in Lancaster, PA.
RestoreMasters has been working tirelessly to provide excellent service to those who have sustained damage from this storm, in the central New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA area. They provide all aspects of emergency clean-up and restoration, including aiding in reporting to insurance companies. They will be with their clients from assessment to final repairs, bringing the damaged property back to pre-storm condition, and better.
Some roofing systems can be severely harmed by damage from heavy winds, tornadoes, or hail.
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.
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 deadlines from insurance companies could hinder you from filing a claim later.
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.
If your building has sustained harm from fallen trees, collapsed roof or any other damage related to hail, tornado or wind storms, call us today.
We are RestoreMasters, a restoration contractor specializing in wind & hail damage roofing, providing storm damage restoration services including: disaster response, commercial and industrial roofing, tile roof repair, emergency roof repair with tarp or shrink wrap, debris cleanup, water removal, pipe burst cleanup, water damage restoration, tornado damage roofing & restoration.
In addition to that, we respond to disaster situations with: hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and construction, windows & doors, and other services to rebuild your property. We also provide fire damage restoration.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need assistance with storm damage repair.
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We are a turnkey restoration contractor providing help with all phases of restoration from emergency cleanup services to complete build back of your property.
The RestoreMasters team is comprised of professionals specializing in storm damage insurance restoration, including: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, large loss attorneys, roofing engineers, building engineers, interior construction experts, and other experts in the field of damage restoration.
We do repair, replacement and restoration services on the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing for hail damage, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing from hurricane damage, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing.
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