Over the last week, residents in Matteson experienced severe weather at the beginning of what is shaping up to be a major storm season. Here’s the overview of what occurred:
- What: Storm, Wind, and Hail
- When: April 1-6, 2023
- Where: Matteson, Il
What It Means for Your Home
The National Weather Service reported on its website that the area around Matteson, IL saw an increase in heavy winds, multiple tornadoes touching down, and even hail falling across the area.
Those are some huge concerns – 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, while siding can become dented or even cracked. Hail can tear holes in window and door screens, and 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, the 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. Fallen limbs and other debris can cause extreme damage to the roof, siding, gutters, and other exterior fixtures. Signs of wind damage on a roof include loose or missing shingles, chimney issues, curling or peeling shingles, granule loss, damaged soffit or fascia, and indoor leaks. High winds can also cause tree branches to fall and damage a roof.
Cook County Storm Damage Resources
Cook County Emergency Management Agency
The Cook County Emergency Management Agency website helpfully provides adequate emergency response information within the local community. These informative guides are designed to help Cook County residents throughout Matteson 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 Matteson 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.