Peoria Storm Damage Restoration
Responsive Storm Chasers Repairing Roofs in Peoria, Champaign, Sangamon, and Fulton Counties – and beyond!
High winds, heavy rain, hail, and falling debris can all cause significant damage to your roof. Even if the damage is not immediately visible from the ground, you should still get your roof checked out as soon as possible after a storm to protect yourself, your finances, and your home. If storm damage goes unaddressed, issues that could have been repaired may escalate into costly emergencies that require a complete restoration job.
When you think your roof may have suffered damage after a severe storm, turn to River City Roofing. Our Peoria storm damage restoration services are designed to quickly assess the state of your roof, diagnose issues, and implement fast fixes that last. Our professional roofers are committed to customer satisfaction and operate at the highest levels of professionalism and transparency. After inspecting a storm-damaged roof, we will walk you through the specific problems we discovered, the recommended solutions, and their cost. We are always happy to answer questions and explain why we are advising a particular repair. And, thanks to our satisfaction guarantee, you can trust that your roof is in good hands, no matter the extent of the damage.
From start to finish they did great, from the first visit from the Sales team to the scheduler to the on-site supervisor and the crew that did the tear-off and roof install.- Craig C.
How to Protect Your Roof When a Storm Is Coming
Sometimes, you will have an advance warning of an incoming storm. In these scenarios, there are several steps you should take to mitigate the storm’s impact on your roof and property.
Protect your roof before a storm hits by:
- Checking for existing damage. Existing issues like missing shingles or loose flashing caused by a previous storm (or even just general wear and tear) can be made significantly worse by a new storm, as your roof will be more vulnerable to new damage. Whenever possible, have a professional roofer address these issues before the next storm strikes.
- Securing items on and near your roof. Everything from rooftop AC units to satellite dishes to pipes should be carefully secured. If you are unsure how to safely secure a particular time, contact the manufacturer for help.
- Ensuring drains and gutters are clear. Remove any existing blockages so that your gutters and drainage system are prepared for heavy rainfall. If runoff overwhelms your drainage system, accumulating water could threaten the structural integrity of parts of your roof.
- Clearing away debris. Clean up debris of all kinds in the areas around your home. Even heavier items can potentially become airborne thanks to high winds and cause damage to your roof or other parts of your property.
- Trimming nearby trees and foliage. If there are trees adjacent to your home, do your best to trim or remove any branches that are located directly over or very near your roof to minimize the likelihood of damage.
What to Do to Protect Your Roof after a Storm Hits
Do not assume that your roof is in the clear after a storm passes, even if you do not notice any obvious leaks or signs of catastrophic damage from the ground. Not all types of damage will be immediately obvious, which is why it is important to get in touch with our Peoria storm damage restoration experts. We can complete a full inspection to determine the extent of any damage and the repairs and restorations that may be necessary.
A roof may suffer various types of damage after a storm, including:
- Missing shingles. Missing shingles create openings in your roof’s protective barrier which allows water and other elements to enter the structure of the home. This can lead to water leakage, which can cause significant damage to the interior of your home including mold growth, decaying wood, and even structural instability.
- Loose flashing. Loose flashing occurs when the material used to seal roof edges, valleys, or around vents is damaged by high winds, hail, or other debris impacts during a storm. Like missing shingles, this results in an opening in the roof’s protective barrier, allowing water and other unwanted elements to enter more easily.
- Black spots. Black spots on a roof after a storm can be a sign of significant damage that needs to be addressed right away. These spots are usually caused by hail or flying debris, which can cause shingles to break and separate from the roof. If nothing is done, these black spots can lead to further damage, such as water leakage or wood rot in the underlying structure of your home. Even worse, they can also provide an entry point for pests like termites and other insects.
- Missing shingle granules. Missing shingle granules caused by a storm can have a dramatic effect on the strength and durability of your roof. As shingles start to wear down, the granules that cover them slowly degrade over time and become more exposed. When extreme weather hits, these weakened areas are more vulnerable to impacts from large hail or other debris, which can cause even more of the granules to be knocked off and further weaken your roof. The asphalt layer that is underneath the granules helps form a waterproof seal that prevents water from entering through minor cracks or gaps in your roof’s surface. However, when there are not enough protective granules left, this seal will become compromised and make water infiltration more likely. This can have serious consequences, including mold growth, rotting wood beams, and eventually even structural instability if left unchecked for too long.
- Damaged gutters or downspouts. Damaged or clogged gutters tend to allow water to build up on your roof instead of draining away, potentially causing leaks, ice dams, and even flooding. Additionally, clogged gutters can lead to standing or pooling water, which could attract pests like mosquitos.
Protecting your roof and home after a storm is our top priority. We will work quickly to assess the damage, determine what repairs are needed, and complete the work quickly. Storm damage can be frightening and stressful, but we are here to make the recovery process as easy and painless as possible.