Summer Storms May Cause Damage to Your Roof

Chicagoland residents are no stranger to destructive summer storms. Wind, hail, and lightning can all result in serious damage to your roof and shingles. Fortunately, your home insurance policy should provide coverage for weather-related roofing problems. If you suspect that your roof has suffered damage because of bad weather, call the experts at Baltic Home Improvements immediately to have a professional assess the damage.

Hailstorms can cause extensive damage to roofing shingles, particularly when the stones are greater than one inch in diameter. Between 2008 and 2012, insurance companies paid out more than $1 billion in compensation for damages caused by hail in Illinois alone. After a hail storm strikes, you may find it necessary to file an insurance claim, and you may need to have an expert roofer on your side.

Hail is not the only threat to the integrity of your roof. Storms that bring heavy winds can cause shingles to lift and become dislodged. Although less common, derechos (such as the ones that struck Chicago in the summers of 2008 and 2013) can also cause significant damage to area homes. Sometimes the damages caused by the storms’ torrential winds are not readily apparent. A roofing expert can detect this damage and provide you with a written report that you can present to your home insurance company.

One of the best reasons to call Baltic Home Improvements is that we provide complimentary claims assistance. At no additional cost to you, we will work directly with your home insurance company to ensure that your claim goes through smoothly and that you receive all the compensation for which you are entitled. Our goal is to make the entire claims process as easy as possible for you.

Don’t get caught up in a scam. Fly-by-night, unlicensed roofing companies frequently go door-to-door after a storm to offer their services. Often, they will do shoddy work and leave homeowners with no way to contact them for recourse. Some even accept a down-payment and then never show up to do the work. Baltic Home Improvements is an established, licensed and trusted contracting firm. We stand by our work and value our reputation in the southwestern Chicago suburbs.

Contact us after a severe storm to get more information and to schedule a roof evaluation.

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