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It Pays to Identify the Signs of Storm Damage

May 19, 2014

The weather in Illinois hasn’t been exactly pleasing over the past few months. After multiple barrages of storms, another one has recently hit the Chicago area. The Chicago Tribune has a report on this issue:

A powerful thunderstorm system moved into the Chicago area Tuesday night, bringing damaging winds, golf-ball-sized hail and reports of flooding and lightning strikes.

The super-cell thunderstorm system, a product of warm air from the Mississippi Valley meeting a cold front from the northwest, arrived Tuesday evening and moved from Chicago’s west suburbs to its south suburbs and beyond, officials said.

Hail two inches in diameter was reported in Palos Park, Romeoville and Homewood, and “tennis ball-sized” hail stones could have fallen in some places, according to Ben Deubelbeiss, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

The prolonged severe weather season raises the alarm for homeowners when it comes to maintaining their property. Little hiccups worsen when unattended, which is why Rogers Roofing Inc., a reputable roofer in Chicago, advises checking your home for storm damage once the rain stops.

For asphalt roofs, there might be bruises or dark spots, which are signs of hail damage. The roofing granules may have also been knocked away during the storm. Cracks, holes, and missing shingles are also obvious indicators. Split seams are quite common too after a severe wind beating, especially if there was a tornado.

Other types of roofs such as metal, shake, tile, and slate are also prone to storm damage. The signs are somewhat similar, as shingles and seams can be vulnerable areas of the roof. Check if there are tree limbs, debris, and other possible missiles that are on the roof, as these can cause some serious structural damage.

Know these signs or better yet get help from an expert for roofing in Orland Park IL like Rogers Roofing. It pays to immediately spot damage and address it promptly before the next storm hits.

(Article excerpt from Severe thunderstorms strike Chicago area, Chicago Tribune)