Thunderstorms and hailstorms can be nerve-wracking, especially if they cause damage to your property. Hailstones can range in size from small pellets to large stones, and the damage they cause can be minor or severe. If your home has been hit by hail, you’re probably asking yourself, “What do I do now?” We will answer all your burning questions about how hail can affect your home and what to do about it.
What is Hail Damage, and How to Identify It?
Hail damage is the damage caused to any surface by the impact of hailstones. The size, shape, and density of hailstones can have a varying impact on different surfaces. Hail damage can take many forms, ranging from dings, dents, and cracks to holes and punctures. To identify hail damage, you need to thoroughly inspect your property’s exterior for any visible signs of damage, such as damaged siding, missing shingles, or pockmarks on metal surfaces. Red Rock Roofing offers free video inspections.
How Does Hail Damage Your Roof?
How does hail damage roofs? Hail can damage your roof in several ways, including cracking roof shingles, creating dents or holes in metal roofs, and knocking off roof granules. Even small dents or cracks can eventually lead to leaks and water damage. If you’ve experienced a hailstorm, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected by a professional to assess any potential damage. If not repaired, small damage can create significant issues and affect the integrity of your roof.
What Should You Do If You Have Hail Damage?
- Assess Your Property. Check for damage to your property immediately after a hailstorm.
- Document Your Damage. Take photos and contact your insurance company to file a claim. They will likely send an adjuster to assess the damage and determine the amount of coverage. Be sure to keep track of all expenses related to repairs and replacements.
- Call An Expert. Always call an experienced roofing company. Red Rock Roofing is your local, family owned and operated roofer. We are just a phone call away!
Can You Prevent Hail Damage?
While there’s no surefire way to prevent hail damage, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk. For example, removing overhanging branches and trimming trees around your home can reduce the chances of damage from falling limbs. You can also install impact-resistant roofing materials and storm shutters on windows to protect against damage. And if you are getting a new roof, pick a product that is impact resistant like our asphalt shingles or metal roofing.
Hailstorms can be a real headache for homeowners and business owners, causing extensive damage to their homes and buildings. However, with proper precautions and timely repairs, you can minimize the impact. Remember, if your home or building suffers hail damage, the first step is to notify your insurance company and hire a trustworthy contractor to carry out the repairs.