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Many homeowners, not only in the Chicagoland region of Illinois, but all over the nation, have experienced the upset that a discovery of possible storm damage to their house can cause. Wind and hail, after all, are the leading and sometimes the least conspicuous causes of roof damage world-wide. Multiple questions go through the minds of these homeowners, such as, “What’s next?” or, “Who do I have to contact first?” These are very legitimate issues to bring up. Most affected individuals may decide to go about an inspection for themselves, while others may ignore any potential signs that damage may have been incurred.

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What these homeowners do not realize is that both of these actions may cost them a great deal of money in the long run. By not taking advantage of our free, expert storm damage inspection and evaluation, friendly guidance, and special knowledge of home insurance and claims processing, they risk voiding their installation and manufacturer’s warranties, as well as the potential of not being completely satisfied with their home insurance claims settlement.

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Normal Weather for Chicagoland

The months of April and May are notoriously known to be the most stormy and windy of all the months in any given year; this is according to recorded readings from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport weather station. Records at O’Hare date back all the way from their station’s beginning back in 1947, making the O’Hare International Airport weather station one of the most reliable local weather stations available for the purpose of record consulting.

For the sake of discussing more recent weather events in Chicago and surrounding areas, we will take a look at an example of weather patterns in the spring months of April and May in 2013. According to data charts created by weatherspark.com, the O’Hare International Airport records indicated that April was the windiest month in 2013, with an average recorded wind speed of 12 miles per hour. Keep in mind that when we are referring to “recorded” wind speed, we are discussing the data that was directly recovered and analyzed by weather station computers from O’Hare’s specific location. A 12 mph sustained wind speed may not sound detrimental to your home’s cedar roof shingles, but other nearby areas may have experienced a completely different scenario with higher wind speeds than that which was recorded by O’Hare International Airport’s weather station.

Although April of 2013 held the record for that year as the windiest month, November of that same year held a record for the highest sustained wind at 38 mph, as well as the highest gust of wind at 57 mph. Even within only this one weather station area, these numbers are quite impressive and can allow for extensive wind damage to be committed upon your unsuspecting, beautiful cedar shake roof. If that isn’t enough, in addition to damaging wind, the months of April and May hold the greatest possibility for the debilitating effects of severe storms that could produce hail of at least the size of a golf ball.


Be Proactive Against Potential Out-of-Pocket Costs

If a severe storm has recently blown its way through your property, don’t wait for any damage to show its face through roof, attic space, and ceiling leakage. Being proactive is always the best choice when it comes to protecting your home from any further, not-yet-noticeable damage that may be waiting for you months or even years down the road, as this scenario, unfortunately, happens way too often to count.

Being proactive involves laying out a plan as to what you should already have done, what can be put on hold, and what absolutely needs to be completed right away.

Items You Should Already Have On Hand

  • Name and number of your Chicago region home insurance company and representative
  • Standard policy information documentation sent to you by insurance company
  • Receipts of cedar roof shingles purchase, including black roll-out membrane, fasteners, and all other roofing material involved
  • Wait to contact insurance company representative!!!
  • Self-inspection and evaluation of storm damage (leave this duty to our expert inspectors)
  • Give us, the Shake Guys, a call to come and inspect damage—free of charge
  • When finally contacted, and blank claim documents are received, fill out information and send back in timely manner
  • Send as many documentation pictures of storm damage as you can along with insurance claim documents
  • Let our experts assist you in the insurance claim filing process

Items to Be Put on Hold

  • Wait to contact insurance company representative!!!
  • Self-inspection and evaluation of storm damage (leave this duty to our expert inspectors)

Items to Get Done Right Away

  • You NEED a local Chicago area Roofing Contractor! Give Shake Guys a call to come and inspect for damage—free of charge
  • When finally contacted, and blank claim documents are received, fill out information and send back in timely manner
  • Send as many documentation pictures of storm damage as you can along with insurance claim documents
  • Let our experts assist you in the insurance claim filing process

The Process of Filing an Insurance Claim

Home insurance companies and their representatives demand a thorough and comprehensive evaluation and report on damage that may have been caused by recent stormy weather located in the Chicagoland area. It is well known that most home insurance companies have a strict policy for claim denial if it is shown that damage sustained on your property was due to storm related wind or hail events. Here at Shake Guys, we specialize in helping our clients find the perfect cedar shake roofing material to complement their home, properly and professionally install what they have chosen to purchase, and help them to keep their new roof looking like new throughout the years ahead. We specialize in working with insurance companies on your behalf in order to get you the settlement that you, as a homeowner, so richly deserve.

Sometimes stormy weather happens, subsequently involving windy conditions or damaging hail. These events can be detrimental to your home’s exterior, causing your roof’s cedar shakes or shingles to break, bruise, or even completely fly off into a nearby tree canopy. If this has happened to you, calling your local Chicagoland cedar roofing contractor, Shake Guys, and having us pay you a visit will be the beginning step toward the insurance claim settlement amount that you may have never received had you not consulted our insurance claim expertise.


Expert Representation is the Crux of our Storm Damage Services

We will help you in the process of providing quality home damage pictures to your insurance company as soon as possible along with a detailed evaluation report of any storm damage sustained and recognized by our professional certified inspectors. We will assist you in efficiently completing the insurance claim documents sent to you by your home insurance company. Our Chicago area insurance claims experts will keep in direct communication with you as well as your insurance company until your claim is approved, settled, and recovered. During this time, sometimes taking months to be approved, we stand by our job of keeping you informed of any problems that may arise and any progress towards a fair insurance claim settlement.

Our expert insurance company and claims processing professionals want to make the process of claiming your insurance benefits through an agreed upon settlement a streamlined experience through the use of special equipment technology and an already established and reliable claims process. We use these and other special techniques for the proper identification of damage caused by wind or hail storms, making it that much easier on you by being prepared to process your insurance claim. With our expert assistance, you will present to your home insurance company an accurate and detailed assessment of the extent and severity of storm damage, making a claim approval and fair settlement much more likely.

 

 

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