Storm Damage And Your Roof
Cedar has a higher rating against things like impact and storm damage – but what else do you need to know about how to take care of your home?
Winter Storm Damage
Illinois is not a state that is often associated with severe weather, but every years, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, snowstorms, and flooding occurs.
As winter is coming, it’s best to be prepared for the worst with your cedar roof. If you already undergo regular cedar roofing maintenance, then your roofing contractor will have advice for you. This advice will be based on the age and current condition of your roof.
Severe snowstorms can cause harm to roofs and gutter systems of a home, as well as other damage. When a substantial amount of snow rests your cedar roof or your gutters, the weight can cause roof cave-ins or water leaks. This damage is more likely if you have neglected to undergo any cedar roof repairs.
The gutters can split up from the fascia board and even completely detach and fall from the home. When the snow/ice starts to thaw and then re-freezes, this can cause what is commonly known as ice-damming. Damage from ice-damming usually involves water leaking from entry points near the edge of the roof.
Ice and water shields are commonly used membranes that most quality roofing contractors use when installing a roof. This underlayer is designed to reduce ice damming and keep your house water tight – but in extremely severe snow and ice storms, ice and water shields will not always prevent damage.
If you are a homeowner who has experienced roofing damage or a roof leak or ice-damming from a severe snow or ice storm, you may be insured for the damages under your homeowners insurance company. You need to make sure that you use a qualified insurance restoration contractor to help with the claims process and perform the cedar roofing repairs properly.
Rain Storm Damage
Hail damage occurs as early in the year as February and as late as November. Most hailstorms in IL occur between April and August with the bulk of the storms usually occurring in the summertime. When hail strikes a home, it can damage its roof, siding, and gutters. Very severe hailstorms can even break windows and damage doors.
Hail comes in a variety of sizes, sometimes it’s small like pebbles, but golf ball sized hail stones have been recorded in IL. These storms can cause all sorts of roof, window, and gutter damage, so it’s important to get an inspection of your cedar roof after a big storm.
Common claims for hail damage in Illinois will involve roof damage, siding damage, gutter damage or some combination of the three. When it comes to hailstorms and hail claims, issues of matching may arise. This is why it is usually a good idea to use an experienced storm damage contractor.
Contractors And Damage
There are many contractors that focus on roof damage claims and in performing complete roof replacements. Plus, many of these contractors are very knowledgeable about the roof damage claims process and they will be able to assist you from the time before you even submit a claim until the project is completed.
If you are a homeowner that has recently sustained hail or wind damage to your roofing, siding or gutters, you should call a contractor that specializes in hail damage repairs for an inspection. During this inspection, the contractor will give you his opinion about your situation and explain how the process works.
A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc.
If you have had storm damage and need a new cedar roof installation, or need an inspection, contact us at A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. We have years of expertise in the Chicagoland area working with roofs and home exteriors. Don’t have a cedar roof but still need help? No problem – we also offer roofing services for asphalt, slate, metal, and more!