Roofing for Hail Damage in Austin, TX From April 15, 2021 Storms
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
RestoreMasters emergency roofing and repair teams jumped into action in Austin, Texas and the surrounding area after strong storms dropped damaging hail on Thursday, April 15th. The large storm dropped hail in bands over the city and a large are to the west, affecting several communities including North Austin, Leander, Liberty Hill, Bushy Creek, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Elgin, and Georgetown. Pflugerville in Travis County was also hit particularly hard, with 2.5” and larger hail coming down in massive quantities, mixed with strong winds that pushed the hail sideways into buildings.
Large hailstones were reported as far north as Bertram, Burnet, Cherokee and Brady from this single storm, and as far West as Sonora. The largest individual hailstone reports came from Bertram and Loyal Valley, describing pieces 2.75” in diameter.
It only takes a 1″ or above diameter hail stone to cause damage to asphalt shingles, and hail double to almost three times that size fell all over the Central Texas area. Local news source KXAN shared images of individual hailstones nearly the size of tennis balls, and called the resulting damage ‘catastrophic’. Hailstones typically produced by severe thunderstorms can fall 25-40 miles per hour. Hail 2-4” in diameter can reach speeds as fast as 70mph. Roof damage from hail and high-speed winds often goes unnoticed until property owners start seeing leaks or cracks.
Local hail maps indicate exceptionally large hail 2.5” or bigger (purple) was concentrated in two areas: Liberty Hills and Bertram, and the Loyal Valley and Willow City communities. Hailstones 1.5”+ (orange and red) fell over a much larger area, encompassing several North Austin communities, Eldorado and Fort McKavett to the West, and a line from Roosevelt to Brady. According to the National Weather Service reports from the 15th, Newton and Jasper counties also saw property damage from high winds.
In addition to hail, strong winds can be incredibly destructive on roofing systems. 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.
Hailstones typically produced by severe thunderstorms can fall 25-40 miles per hour. Hail 2-4” in diameter can reach speeds as fast as 70mph. Roof damage from hail and high-speed winds often goes unnoticed until property owners start seeing leaks or cracks.
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.
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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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.
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