Dealing with Roof Damage Caused by Heavy Winds

Residents of the “Windy City” and its suburbs are no strangers to the damages that heavy winds can do to their homes. Following a heavy windstorm or a particularly gusty thunderstorm, you may notice that your roof is missing shingles or is showing other signs of damage. If so, are you aware of how to proceed? If you are uncertain, the answers you seek may be found in this useful article: Roof Repair After Strong Winds, which was published by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

It is full of tips to help you deal with the damages. These include:

  • To inspect your roof for wind damage, it is usually necessary to go up on a ladder and walk around on the roof. This can be very dangerous, particularly if the roof is badly damaged so use caution or call a contractor for a professional roof inspection.

  • While up on the ladder, be sure to clear debris from your gutters.
  • If you suspect damage to the roof, do not attempt to make repairs on your own. Doing so can make it difficult to file an insurance claim or can mask other problems that need to be repaired.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the storm and proceed as they instruct you.
  • Keep all receipts for work you have done both before and after the insurance adjuster arrives.
  • If you home is inhabitable because of the damage, find out what your insurance company will cover in the way of temporary living arrangements.
  • Get bids from trusted area contractors, but be wary of the lowest bid.
  • Be sure to research all potential contractors for reliability, quality workmanship and professionalism.

You can learn more about these tips and many more by reading the full article here.

If you are in this position, as were many Chicagoland homeowners after , you can call on the experts at Baltic Home Improvements for help.  In addition to providing you with exceptional outcomes, our team also offers , complete with a complimentary roof analysis before you contact your insurance company. We will work with your home insurance company to ensure a smooth transaction so that you get the full amount of coverage for which you are entitled. Contact us by phone or through our convenient Web form to learn more.