Commercial Roof Inspections in Chicago, IL for Wind & Hail Damage Insurance Claims After Tornados on July 22, 2022

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Jul 23, 2022

Hailstone strikes and driving winds devastated Greater Chicago, IL, and at least three tornados were confirmed Friday, July 22nd, and into Saturday morning. The western suburb of Naperville sustained a direct hot as twisters snapped tree limbs and left buildings in need of emergency roof repair. RestoreMasters has commercial roof inspection and repair experts in Chicago ready to secure buildings and help fast-tract the insurance claims process.

“A tornado touched down overnight in Naperville near 95th Street and Route 59. Snapped trees and minor roof damage were confirmed. There were reports of more damage in the far south part of the city, near 103rd Street and east of Route 59,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A twister touched down in Romeoville as it entered Crest Hill, Joliet, and another trekked north of Manhattan, according to reports. Commercial property owners are urged to request a complimentary roof inspection to assess the damage. Tornados create a vacuum effect that pulls at everything around them. It’s not uncommon for flat and metal systems to sustain damage that goes unnoticed until roof leaks appear.

A local high wind, tornado, and hailstorm damage map shows yellow and orange hailstorm concentrations in Metro Chicago and communities to the north. The yellow points to hail up to 1.25 inches pelting automobiles and rooftops. The orange sections indicate that ice up to 1.75 inches in diameter inflicted hail damage to roofing systems. The light gray swaths over Joliet and Naperville demonstrate high winds and tornados that caused roof wind damage to retail and industrial buildings in Greater Chicago.

Hail & Wind Damage Map - Chicago, IL, Wind, Tornadoes, Hail, 7/22/22

Images of the storm posted on social media:

The National Weather Service storm damage map tracked the hailstorms, high winds, and tornados on Friday, July 22nd, that continued into Saturday morning. All told, 204 high wind events, 36 hailstone strikes, and 17 tornados were reported across the country. Wide-reaching reports show Chicago suffered among the worst damage and property owners near the following extreme weather incidents are urged to schedule a commercial roof inspection.

  • Crest Hill: A tornado was spotted near the Prairie Bluff Preserve south of Lewis University Airport.
  • Cropsey: Golf ball-sized ice stones struck McLean County at approximately 2 pm.
  • Frankfort: Tree damage was concentrated near Route 45 and Manhattan-Monee Road.
  • Grayslake: Hailstones the size of golf balls hit roofs and outbuildings, based on social media reports.
  • Lake County: The district experienced widespread hail fall in the 1- to 1.5-inch range.
  • Lakemoor: Buildings sustained roof wind damage and trees were knocked over.
  • Long Grove: Downed trees led to Old McHenry And Cuba road closures.
  • Manhattan: A twister briefly touched down as wind speeds reached 75 mph.
  • McHenry: The northern Illinois city took the brunt of the hailstorm with ice the size of golf balls shattering exterior lights in business districts.
  • Naperville: Hail the size of quarters preceded a twister touching in the south side. The tornado generated winds upwards of 85 mph that shot debris into a shopping plaza.
  • O’Hare Airport: Wind speeds reached 58 mph as thunderstorms doused the airport.
  • Peotone: Trees were downed by high winds that flung debris into the siding of buildings and gutters.
  • Plainfield: Will County saw hail the size of quarters pelt automobiles and leave hail damage on roofs.
  • Romeo: Footage of a funnel cloud was captured by a Lewis University Airport Tower camera.
  • Tinley Park: Tree limbs were snapped by high winds.

It’s crucial to schedule a commercial roof inspection following a hailstorm or tornado. Although a leaking roof may not occur immediately after the extreme weather event, fasteners and sealants become damaged from hailstone hits and tornado winds lift sections and pull at flashing. RestoreMasters dispatched commercial roof inspection services professionals to assist with claims after a high-wind storm hit Chicago on June 13, 2022.

Some roofing systems can be severely harmed by damage from heavy winds, tornadoes, or hail.

Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged.

Roof damage can be severe or mild, depending on various factors which include: materials used on the roof, impact of debris, building height and proximity to other buildings, age, angle and shape of the roof and type of roofing.

Getting a roof inspection & property damage assessment after severe weather like this is important for determining whether you need to address roof damage from hail or high winds.

If roof leaks are a problem, they need to be addressed immediately. Experienced roofing contractors can either cover the affected area (or the entire roof) with a tarp or with a durable shrink wrap plastic membrane until long-term repairs can be made. Preventing water intrusion will help stop mold from growing.

Rather than believing your roof is not damaged, if your property is anywhere in the area of the storm damage map, then you will want to get your roof inspected.

Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away.

And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.

Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.

We provide services to clients of all types, with hail or wind damage to tile roofing, such as: hospitals, medical facilities, churches, schools, colleges & universities, museums, condos, hotels, warehouses, resorts, retail properties, historical properties, industrial properties, and residential properties.

Call us today, if your building or roofing system has seen damage from fallen trees or collapsed roof or any other damage from hail, tornadoes or wind storms.

Wind Damage to RoofWe are a disaster restoration contractor providing damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood. RestoreMasters responds to disaster emergencies by repairing roofing systems of commercial and residential buildings, starting with temporary solutions using tarp or shrink wrap to prevent leaks, until more permanent solutions are decided upon. We also assist with debris cleanup, water removal, burst pipe damage repair, water damage building restoration, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and reconstruction, and many other services to rebuild your damaged property. We also provide fire & smoke damage restoration.

Contact RestoreMasters if you need assistance with storm damage repair.

As large loss claims experts, our team works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back on its feet.

We are a turnkey restoration contractor providing help with all phases of restoration from emergency cleanup services to complete build back of your property.

RestoreMasters provides a large team of professionals working on your behalf, including: insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, public adjusters, roofing and building engineers, interior construction experts, and other professionals with a specialty in storm and disaster damage insurance restoration.

We provide repair, replacement and restoration services due to tornado damage and hurricane damage for the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing, PVC roofing.

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