Identifying hail damage can be tricky. The hard part is knowing the right places to look and how to tell if what you’re looking at has been damaged by a hail strike. Identifying what was and was not damaged by hail will help you file an insurance claim. Most insurance companies will want to see a significant amount of damage to your house and property before they pay any claims. This article will go over a couple of the places you should check for hail damage. It would be best if you were your own best advocate proving beyond a doubt that your property has sustained a significant hail storm.
Identifying Hail Storm Damage on Your Roof
Take a close look at all the metal surfaces of your roof; if you see lots of dings and dents, you probably have hail damage. If you see areas that don’t have dents but look a little funny, run your hand around those areas. If they feel uneven, take a piece of chalk and rub it around the area. That will clearly show if there’s a dent and the roof has suffered hail damage there. Look closely at your roof’s shingles and tiles; even if the hail didn’t punch any holes if the hail caused enough damage to leave a significant mark, you have a problem. A dent in a shingle is usually indicative of the integrity of that shingle being comprised. Dents mean it could start to leak water into your roof and needs to be replaced.
Hail Damage on Gutters
Often when a roof suffers hail storm damage, the gutters are also affected. Pay close attention to your gutters and other water runoff systems. Gutters can be severely damaged in hail events, and if they’re damaged, and you don’t fix them, that can spell big trouble for your home.
Hail Damage on Siding
Siding is one of the most common parts of a home to suffer hail storm damage. When evaluating the siding, look out for dents, cracks, and chips. The damage is easier to see when the siding is wet, so it may help spray it down with a garden hose.
If you have suspect hail storm damage in the Asheville or Hendersonville, NC areas, call Secure Restoration to schedule a free roof inspection. We understand how stressful storm damage can be and are committed to making the experience as stress-free as possible.