Safeguarding your roof against Chicago's storm season

As Chicago braces itself for another storm season, residents are reminded of the powerful impact that severe weather can have on their homes, especially their roofs. At Economy Roofing, we understand the havoc wrought by hail and wind storms and are committed to helping you protect your home. In this blog post, we'll guide you through recognizing roof damage, dealing with insurance claims, and avoiding the pitfalls of scams by choosing reputable local roofing services.

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Recognizing Roof Damage from Hail and Wind

Hail Damage

In Chicago, hail storms can leave significant damage in their wake. Hail can create punctures, bruise or crack shingles, leading to compromised roof integrity. Look for dents on shingles, broken edges, or areas where the granules have been knocked off, exposing the underlayment.

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Wind Damage

Wind storms can lift shingles, break seals, and even rip shingles completely off the roof. After a storm, check for missing shingles, curling, or lifting, which can expose your roof to water damage.

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Navigating Roof Insurance Claims in Chicago

Filing an insurance claim for roof damage can be daunting. Here are key steps to ensure a smooth process:

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  • Document Everything: Take photos and make notes of any damage as soon as possible.
  • Review Your Policy: Understand what your insurance covers and any deductibles you might need to pay.
  • Professional Inspection: Have a professional roofing contractor from a local Chicago company like Economy Roofing assess the damage. This can provide leverage when dealing with insurance adjusters.
  • Timely Filing: File your claim promptly to avoid any potential issues with claim deadlines.

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Beware of Scams and Fly-By-Night Roofers

After a severe storm, it's common to see an influx of storm-chasing roofing companies in Chicago. These companies often offer quick fixes but lack local reputations and accountability. Here’s how to protect yourself:

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  • Verify Credentials: Ensure the roofing company is licensed and insured in Chicago.
  • Check Local References: A reputable local company should have a list of Chicago-area homeowners they've worked with in the past.
  • Avoid Large Upfront Payments: Be wary of any contractor that demands significant upfront payments before work begins.

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The Importance of Going Local

Choosing a local Chicago roofing company like Economy Roofing means choosing reliability and community trust. Local companies:

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  • Understand local building codes and weather patterns.
  • Are available to assist with future roof maintenance or any issues that might arise post-repair.
  • Contribute to the local economy and are invested in community well-being.

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Conclusion

As we enter storm season in Chicago, remember the importance of vigilance and preparedness. Recognizing damage early and dealing with reputable local companies like Economy Roofing can save you time, money, and stress. Should you suspect hail or wind damage this season, don’t hesitate to reach out for a professional assessment and trusted, local expertise.

For more information on safeguarding your roof from storm damage or to schedule an inspection, contact Economy Roofing today. Protect your home by choosing local expertise and ensure peace of mind during the unpredictable Chicago storm season.

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