Hailstorms can do a huge amount of damage in a short time. Some of this damage is mostly cosmetic, such as dented siding or stripped paint, but hail can also seriously damage your roof and potentially cause it to leak. Large hail can also break the glass in your home’s windows and doors. If your home recently experienced any type of hail damage, here is everything you need to know about getting it repaired.
Repairing Hail Damage to Your Roof
Roof hail damage is an extremely common issue after a major thunderstorm. Large hail can easily damage or break shingles or roof tiles, which can allow water to seep underneath and damage the roof deck. Hail can also cause major damage to metal roofs. Depending on the type of roof you have and the extent of the damage, it may be possible to repair or replace only the damaged shingles, tiles, or metal panels. However, this isn’t always possible, and it is often necessary to replace the entire roof. Luckily, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about the roof deck except in cases of extremely large hail.
Fixing Siding Damaged By Hail
Hail also commonly damages siding, and fixing the damage depends on what type of siding you have. If hail causes major dents in aluminum or steel siding, you will typically need to replace all of the damaged sections. The same is also true of wood shake siding. If you have vinyl siding, the hail may cause it to break or put holes in it. If the damage is fairly minor, it may be possible to patch the damage with epoxy to prevent water from seeping behind the siding. However, it is usually best to simply replace it instead.
Dealing With Broken Windows
If hail breaks the glass in your windows or doors, you really only have one good option. Although you can replace the glass in some windows, it is generally never a good option as it can lead to issues with air leaks and poor insulation. The only real way to avoid these issues is to have the entire window or door replaced.
Covering Damage With Insurance
The good news is that your homeowner’s insurance should cover you against most types of hail damage. This means that your insurance should cover the costs of repairing your roof, siding, windows, etc. However, this obviously depends on your insurance and also the condition of your roof or other parts of your home prior to the damage. When filing a claim, you should make sure to present as many before and after photos as possible as this will increase the chances of your claim being successful.
Dealing with hail damage can be stressful. The good news is that most hail damage can easily be fixed as long as you hire a professional that has experience in dealing with hail damage repairs.