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.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged. The intensity of roof damage is determined by various factors: the velocity and impact of flying debris, the quality of the original installation, the building height and location in relation to other buildings, the angle and shape of the roof, and the material used on the roof.

After a severe storm of hail or high winds, it is important to get your roof inspected, and have a property damage assessment report so that you can learn whether you have damage to your roofing system. 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. Symptoms of storm damage problems do not always show up immediately. And insurance companies can require you to get a claim in before their deadline.
Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.
Our clients include: schools, hospitals, hotels, churches, resorts, retail, warehouse, industrial, and other commercial properties as well as residential properties with hail or wind damage to tile roofing systems.
Give us a call today, if the building on your property recently was damaged from wind, fallen trees, hail, collapsed roof or any other storm-related damage.
Shrink Wrap RoofingRestoreMasters is a hail damage roofing and restoration contractor and provides storm damage restoration services including: commercial and industrial roofing, emergency roof repair, tarping & shrink wrap roofing, tile roof repair, water mitigation, burst pipe repair, water damage restoration, fire damage cleanup & fire damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.
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. A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.
The RestoreMasters team of professionals includes: public adjusters, insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, roofing and building engineers, interior restoration crews, and many more professionals specializing in insurance restoration for storm damage.
We provide the following roofing services: TPO roofing repair, metal roofing replacement, tile roofing hail & wind damge repair, slate roofing replacement, asphalt shingle roofing repair from tornado damage, EPDM roofing restoration, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing replacement, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing restoration.

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