Last Friday, residents in Des Moines 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: 2.5-inch diameter hail
- When: March 31, 2023
- Where: Des Moines, IA
What It Means for Your Home
Local news station KCCI 8 Des Moines reported on their website that areas around Des Moines saw tornadoes, heavy rain, and light hail while residents throughout the area documented hail in the range of 1″ and 2.5″ inches in diameter.
That’s some huge hail – but what exactly does that mean for your home?
Worries of High-Speed Winds
It’s important to note that while larger hail is generally caused by stronger winds, the wind can be extremely damaging in its own right. High winds, thunderstorms, and hurricanes can put your shingles to the test as few other things can. They can 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.
Risks of Heavy Rain
Heavy rains will wear down shingles and other elements of a roof. The damage left in a storm’s wake can involve lost shingles and moisture penetration in the underlayment. This water damage can penetrate the roof deck and eventually compromise the structural integrity of the home. Excessive moisture may also lead to rot and mold inside your home, which spells trouble both structurally and for the health of your family.
Horrors of Hail
Hail this size can create dents in shingles as well as bruising in the underlayment. You may see dents in your gutters and fascia, dents or cracks in siding, and even holes torn through your windows and door screens. Shingles will likely experience granule loss, something that should be obvious from an excessive amount of granules in your gutter downspouts. Should the hail be of sizes over 1″, it can begin to penetrate softer parts of the roof like ridge caps and plastic roof vents. Siding is more likely to crack and break, or even tear off entirely from the combined pressure of hail strikes and high winds. Most metal fixtures will even begin to show damage.
Polk County Storm Damage Resources
Polk County Emergency Management Agency
The Polk County Emergency Management Agency helpfully provides up-to-date information on its website so locals can plan accordingly when inclement weather strikes. This site offers warnings on siren tests and drills like the upcoming statewide tornado drill, 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.
Total Exteriors has been faithfully serving Des Moines and the surrounding areas for over 10 years. If you’ve found yourself facing roof damage from the recent hail and wind storms in the area – don’t wait. Call Des Moines’ trusted roofing company today to schedule a free estimate and let us help you keep your property safe this storm season.