When it comes to the weather, we all know that it can be pretty unpredictable. That's especially true when it comes to hail. It's not too often that hail is called for in the weather forecast, and even if it was, there's really no surefire method to protect your home from damage. Generally, the only thing you can do when it's hailing outside is hope that it's minimal. The larger the hail storm is and the longer it lasts, the more damage it can cause. However, even the lightest hail can cause have serious consequences down the road.
So how do you tell if your home has suffered hail damage? Well, it's not exactly easy. You can perform a visual inspection which may or may not confirm damage, but it's often hard to tell - especially to the untrained eye. Normally, the damage suffered will occur in areas that are either out of reach or too far away to accurately evaluate. This includes parts of your home such as the roof, chimney, vents, gutters, or trim. Many times you'll be able to spot dents or dings in aluminum siding and cracks in vinyl siding, but if you're not trained in hail damage inspection it's easy to overlook the problem areas. However, even the tiniest damage can eventually cause serious issues with your roof or even the structural integrity of your home. It might take years to happen, but it's common that many roof problems are caused by hail damage that went unnoticed. Situations such as rotted wood, mold, and even fire hazards are a very real possibility from the direct result of failing to repair a hail damaged roof.
If you've had a hail storm in your area, your best option is to call a professional for a hail damage inspection. These experts are trained in hail & storm damage and know exactly what to look for. Usually they'll perform the inspection at no cost, especially if they're aware of the recent hail storm. An inspection includes evaluating the whole house for damage, usually starting with the roof. If the inspector finds damage, they'll snap pictures of it and discuss what your best options are. Most times, the inspectors are experienced with insurance companies and filing hail damage claims so they can easily help you take the necessary steps to get any needed repairs. In some cases, the inspector will help you file your claim and deal directly with the insurance company as your representative. Since they have the expertise and knowledge of hail damage and what it takes to make the proper repairs, they usually end up working out a better deal with the insurance company than you'd be able to do yourself. Many times this can lead to a new roof, siding or more.
Remember, just because you can't see the damage doesn't mean it's not there. Don't suffer from expensive and stressful repairs years down the road when you can have a free hail damage inspection today. Your home is probably one of the biggest investments you'll ever make - be sure to keep it in optimal condition.