Last Sunday, residents in Joliet experienced severe weather at the beginning of what is shaping up to be a doozy of a storm season. Here’s the overview of what occurred:
- What: 1-inch diameter hail
- When: March 26, 2023
- Where: Joliet, Il
What It Means for Your Home
Local news station Fox 32 Chicago reported on their website that areas of Joliet saw hail between roughly .5″ and 1″ inch in diameter while residents throughout the area reported even larger hail in the range of 1.75 to 2 inches in diameter.
That’s some huge hail – but what exactly does that mean for your home?
Generally, hail that is greater than 1″ in diameter will cause damage and warrants a professional inspection.
- Hail this size can create dents in shingles as well as bruising in the underlayment.
- You may see dents in your gutters and fascia.
- Siding can become dented or even cracked.
- Hail can tear holes in window and door screens.
- Shingles will experience granule loss – this will be obvious from an excessive amount of granules in your gutter downspouts.
Larger hail, in the range of 1.5″ to 2″ in diameter is even more destructive.
- In addition to the above problems, hail of this size can begin to penetrate softer parts of the roof like ridge caps and plastic roof vents.
- Siding is more likely to crack and break – you may even see your siding tear off entirely from the combined pressure of hail strikes and high winds.
- Windows and doors may show cracks in their glass from hail impacts.
- Most metal fixtures will begin to show damage.
Take note, larger hail is generally caused by stronger winds – wind can be extremely damaging in its own right.
- High winds will cause shingles to lift, curl, peel, or blow off the roof entirely.
- Fallen limbs and other debris can cause extreme damage to the roof, siding, gutters, and other exterior fixtures.
Will County Storm Damage Resources
Will County Emergency Management Agency
The Will County Emergency Management Agency helpfully provides adequate emergency response capabilities within the local community. These responses are designed to help Will County residents throughout Joliet in the event of the county reports any storm damage to their properties, which will assist the National Weather Service in evaluating the extent of the damage to the area as well as the severity of the storm.
Alamo Roofing Contractors
Alamo Roofing Contractors has been faithfully serving Joliet and the surrounding areas since 2019. If you’ve found yourself facing roof damage from the recent hail and wind storms in the area – don’t wait. Call Northwest Indiana and Illinois’ trusted roofing company today to schedule a free inspection and let us help you keep your property safe this storm season.