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Storm Damage Services

Certified Storm Damage Inspection Service with Insurance Claim Expertise


Many homeowners 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.


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. 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 regional 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 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 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
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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 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.


Serving the Chicagoland Area & Wisconsin

IL Address

550 E IL Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

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WI Address

11414 W Park Place, Suite 202
Milwaukee, WI 53224

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Areas We Serve in
Chicagoland and Wisconsin

Frequently Asked Questions

We're Here To Answer Your Questions

Yes! While we can’t file the claim for you, we’ll help guide you through each step. We can also be present during your insurance adjuster inspection.

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A Look at Steam Bent Cedar Shingle Roofing

When using standard shingles made from wood, ceramic or metal, you end up with a uniform look that matches the surrounding homes in your neighborhood. If you want a truly unique look that makes your home stand out from the...
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Highly Legitimate Reasons for a Switch to Cedar Roofing

So either you have a cedar roof or you want a cedar roof, and sure, they look good! But we've also put together a great summary of the history of cedar builds and roofing, so if you're curious, follow along!...
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Demystifying Cedar Shakes and Shingles

Demystifying the facts can help you choose the best roof possible, cedar shakes or shingles! You may be considering a cedar roof, but unsure of the ins and outs— Should I get shingles or shakes? What's the difference? Before moving...
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Environmental Benefits of Cedar Roofs

The Environmental Benefits of Cedar Roofs Nowadays, people place more of an emphasis on being environmentally friendly. There are many ways of incorporating sustainability into your life, and the type of roof you choose is no exception. Cedar - Easy...
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Cedar Roof Elements: Ridge Caps

Ridge Caps: The First Line of Defense for Cedar Roofing Systems If you're interested in getting a cedar roof but don't know some of the specific aesthetic choices, we recommend simple, functional attributes. The ridge caps of a roof often...
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Power Washing – Friend or Foe to your Cedar Roof?

For those looking to restore the appearance of cedar shakes, power washing can be a great option. However, misuse of a power washer can result in disaster for your cedar roof, so following certain guidelines or using a contractor to...
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Save Money By Preserving Your Cedar Roof

The natural aging of cedar is one of the many qualities homeowners love about a cedar roof. But that aging can also be problematic if it occurs prematurely. That’s why it’s so important to have basic cedar roof maintenance and...
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Cedar roofing project completed in Deer Park, IL by the Shake Guys.

Pros and Cons of Cedar Roofing

All roofing materials have pros and cons associated with them, and cedar is no exception. With cedar roofing, most homeowners find the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. However, choosing a cedar roof is an individual decision and the pros and...
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When to Replace Cedar Shingles and Shakes

Perhaps the best feature of cedar roofing is its cost-effective replacement of individual cedar shingles and shakes with new ones as needed. This saves on purchasing a completely new roof. Another great benefit of cedar roofs is the visible signs...
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How to Extend the Life of Your New Cedar Roof

You may be looking into replacing your cedar roof, but before your do that, make sure it doesn't just need a face life. One of the great things about western red cedar wood is that it contains a large amount...
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3 Do-It-Yourself Tips for Maintaining Your Cedar Wood Roof

Cedar roofing is the only type of roofing material where regular maintenance can prolong its longevity. Better still, much of this maintenance can be easily done yourself, if you so choose. With these three do-it-yourself maintenance tips, you’re well on...
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Selecting a Color for Your Cedar Roof

We admit it, we're purists at heart. We believe that if you're choosing a cedar roof for your roofing system, then you should keep the natural look of the cedar shingles or shakes and not apply a stain or color...
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Cedar Wood Shingles and Shakes

With a cedar roof, there’s no settling for one size fits all roofing materials. After all, your home deserves better than the ordinary. With the various types of cedar wood shingles and shakes, homeowners have numerous options for selecting a...
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Comparing Cedar Shingles to Cedar Shakes

When you decide to adorn the top of your house with a cedar wood roof, you have the option of cedar shingles or cedar shakes. Wondering what the differences are between the two? This comparison chart provides a quick glimpse...
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5 Reasons to Consider a Cedar Roof

Just one look at cedar roofing and you’ll see why homeowners instantly fall in love with it. It’s stately and stunning, a worthy crown for atop any home. But if you're looking to install a cedar roof, know that a...
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Choosing the Right Siding

There are several factors that one should consider when choosing a type of siding to install on their home.  The upfront price tag, durability vs. maintenance cost, requirements of the installation, and the home’s architectural styling are the main points...
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