Roofing Contractor Responds Within Hours to Fix Roof Hail Damage in Sebring, FL Following April 4, 2022 Storm

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Apr 5, 2022

Widespread hail crushed the city of Sebring, Florida on Monday, April 4, 2022. Local residents and trained spotters with the National Weather Service reported multiple instances of golf ball size hail across northern Highlands County, Florida. This storm also accompanied a big hail storm that hit LaBelle further south. Firsthand accounts from social media appear to show hail up 2 inches in diameter (and bigger) as it pounded holes in car windows, battered the sides of buildings, and caused punctures in various roofs across the region.

After the storm was over, RestoreMasters immediately dispatched teams of restoration professionals from its offices in Sarasota to assist Sebring property owners with disaster cleanup efforts, emergency roofing and tarping, and to begin the process of restoration for property damage after this storm.

The Miami Herald reports claims of baseball size hail in some areas. Multiple photos show car windows with holes punched all the way through, while other reports indicate buildings with siding that is peppered with damage. As you would expect from a hailstorm of this size, window screens were torn out as hailstones broke through windows and allowed ice chunks and moisture to enter buildings. The roofs on dozens of residential and commercial structures will require total replacement following this storm.

Hail maps of the Sebring storm show that big hail up to 2.5 inches (dark orange) fell in an area that started just west of Lake Jackson and extended over heavily populated areas through Avon Park and further north over Lake Arbuckle. Hailstones up to 1.75 inches (orange) created a wider band of damaging hail with 1 to 1.25-inch diameter (yellow) hail created long bands of hail damage from Florida State Road 66 southwest of Sebring up State Road 60 and the southern tip of Lake Kissimmee.

Hail Map Sebring, Florida - April 4, 2022

Big hail like this is always a major concern for commercial building owners. According to restoration experts at RestoreMasters, hail as small as 1-inch diameter can cause significant damage to roofing materials. Even when your roof appears normal from ground level, a close inspection by an experienced roofing contractor can reveal problems that could lead to roof leaks or a shortened roof life. In response to this hail storm, our teams recommend property owners get a professional inspection to see if you have damage.

The storm reports below represent a small sample of the dozens of reports found on social media.

According to the National Weather Service and local news reports, wind-driven hail and a small tornado were reported in the following Florida counties:

  • Hardee - a web cam caught a skinny tornado 7 miles east of Wauchula, between Wauchula and Sebring.
  • Highlands - multiple reports of golf ball sized hail. Intense hail whipped up by torrential rain and strong wind gusts pelted property in Avon Park. The Highlands County Sheriff's Office reported instances of car windows smashed in Venus. Trees were toppled, and some people were without power.
  • Hendry - areas in and around LaBelle reported quarter sized and half dollar sized hail, with a report from WINK news of hail up to 2 inches in diameter. A car was reported dented from large hail along Highway 80 near the Glades County border.

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.

RestoreMasters Storm Assessment Team

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, tile roof repair, water removal, 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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