7/12/17 Heavy Rain and Hail Damages Home Roofs

by | Dec 10, 2019 | News, Roofing | 0 comments

The town of Mundelein was left with parts left in ruin as a result of heavy rainfall, which resulted in flooding. The downpours were accompanied by hail, thunder, lightning and gail force winds.

Among the buildings badly affected was a senior living complex on Route 45 and Division, which succumbed to flooding on in its first floor. As a result 20 people were evacuated.

Traffic flow was certainly affected too, with multiple Mundelein roads being closed due to flooding. Police urged residents and motorists to try stay off the roads if it all possible.

Having operated in the Mundelein area and surrounds for a number of years, Cittrix Roofing has had its fair share of roof repairs and roof replacements as a result of storm damage. It’s never easy for a homeowner, but we try to make the process as smooth as possible. It also puts us in a good position to advise on what to do when your home has been affected by extreme damage. 

Here’s what to look out for in the aftermath of a storm:


Inside your home

While the bulk of hail damage is likely to manifest on the outside of the home, you will be able to find some evidence of damage inside your home too. You’ll want to look for water stains on your ceiling, interior walls, and cupboards, as well as mold and any water seepage. If you notice any of these, chances are your roof was compromised during the storm.  


On the ground

Inspecting on the ground first will give you a good indication of what may potentially by awaiting you on top. Start by checking your gutters and downsprouts, sidings, windowsills and window casings. Keep in mind that even minor damage on the ground may be a sign of greater damage to your roof.


Up you go

Of course you can’t fully inspect damage to your roof without actually going up to check the roof out. We must caution you to make sure you do this in a safe way, and certainly only after you’re certain the storm has passed. If safety is a concern, it would be wise to get professional roofers in Mundelein in to assess the damage.

If you opt to do it yourself, make sure to check not only the roof itself for dents and irregularities, but also other things like vents, chimneys and sky lights.


Here’s what damage may look like on various types of roofs: 


Asphalt and composition shingles – Look for soft, dark rings on the surface and missing granules that could expose the roof’s mat. 


Wood shingles – Looks for brown splits in the shingles as well as dents and or cracks on the surface of the wood. 


Concrete, clay and metal tiles – Look for cracks on the surface, which ought to be more apparent that with other materials. Stone-covered metal may also suffer loose or missing granules. 


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