Damaging Winds, Hail Leave Illinois Homeowners Vulnerable to Damage and Unethical Contractors
Rockford, IL, April 15, 2014 – Residents in Rockford and the Northern Illinois suburbs got a rude spring greeting this month and now homeowners find themselves urgently trying to properly repair the damages, evaluate and choose reputable contractors and file insurance claims.
Homeowners in the Belvidere and Poplar Grove, the communities in Boone County, reported roof and gutter damage from the high winds with 2-inch hail damaged gutters, skylights, and dented air vents. Meanwhile, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department received reports of roof damage and downed trees in areas southeast and southwest of Rockford.
The storm’s wrath provided another important reminder to homeowners of signs they need to watch for to keep their homes in proper condition. Unfortunately, many homes don’t readily show the effects — the wear and tear — of roof damage from a storm for three to five years when it’s too late to file an insurance claim, according to Bo Duggan, President of America’s Best Remodeling, a storm restoration contractor that restores about 500-600 roofs per year damaged by storms, especially hail.
“On average, about half of homeowners we serve were not even aware they had storm damage,” says Duggan. “A roof may be failing and the homeowner doesn’t know until it’s too late to file an insurance claim. That can leave property owners with a big mess and a huge expense.”
As a damaged roof cycles through the years, inevitably it will fail to some degree, with effects ranging from inconvenient to catastrophic. Duggan recommends the following tips to protect unsuspecting home and business owners who might have roof damage:
Make checking for roof/storm damage a part of your regular spring cleaning or annual maintenance routine.
Pay attention to what might seem like small or subtle signs of damage – such as rocks in gutter spouts or bits of shingle in the yard – as they may be indicative of greater damage.
When a storm does pass through your area, select an appropriate contractor to do a thorough inspection.
Look for a HAAG Certified Roofing Inspector and/or a member of UASRC – the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. Companies that specialize in storm restoration are trained to identify less obvious signs of damage and problem areas. Duggan and UASCRC have been working with legislators across the country to craft new laws that govern the practices of storm restoration companies, protect consumers and build a foundation of integrity.
Duggan also recommends that homeowners seek a repair company that will work with them and their insurance company every step of the way, from filing the claim, providing photos and other required documentation, to explaining the complicated system of getting compensation to repair the damage.
“Regardless of the type of roof on a structure or what type of severe weather has passed through an area, conducting roof inspections regularly and proactively can help prevent greater damage in the future and helps property owners claim insurance benefits when eligible,” said Duggan.
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