May 22, 2013

Hail Damages & Effects On Your Home

A hail storm can have devastating effects on your home.  Each year, the effects of hail damage cost Americans around $1 billion dollars.  Throughout your home’s exterior, hail damage manifests itself in different ways.  Here’s what to look for:

hail on roof
The roof was less than a year old when it was ravaged by hailstorm damage.

Wind & Hail Damage Can Destroy Roof Shingles

When strong winds and hail hits your roof, it can cause the granules on your shingles to loosen.  One of the main purposes of the granules is to safeguard your roof from the sun & precipitation.  Granule loss will accelerate the deterioration of your roof as it is no longer protected from nature’s elements.  In some cases, large hail damage can mean a leaky roof.  A quick way to verify whether your shingles have been damaged is to look at your gutter’s downspouts. If you notice a significant amount of roofing granules collecting, it’s a sign that your roof may have been damaged in a hailstorm.  Your roof vents and flashing will often show indentations if hail impact has occurred.  Even without seeing this, it is a good idea to work with a reputable storm damage professional to evaluate whether your roof has been compromised.  Some effects of hail are not immediately evident; a roof can be weakened by hail, but not fail for a year or two.  Hail can void your roofing manufacturer’s warranty, another reason why it’s important to have your roof evaluated if you suspect hail damage.

Evaluating Your Siding For Hail Damage

Because siding can be fabricated from different materials, the way that hail damages it can vary.  Vinyl siding holds up quite well to denting, however, if hit hard enough its pliability may be compromised and breaks, cracks or holes can occur.  Wood and metal siding can dent from hail; the amount is determined by the size of the hail, the angle that it falls at and how fast it is traveling when it makes contact.  The best time to inspect siding for hail damage on your house is early in the morning or at dusk.  This will make indentations easier to see.  The winds that often occur during hailstorms can also cause your siding to pull away from your home.

hail to siding

Hail Impact Can Do More Damage Than Just Breaking Window Glass

Hail can damage windows.  Signs that your windows have been affected by hail are: a damaged window frame, broken glass, holes and cracks.  Denting of your window sashes, wraps and frames is not always easily detectable.  A trick is to run your hand along these areas to see if you feel any indentations.  However, when in doubt, consult a professional.

Dented Gutters From Hail Storms

Gutters are placed close to your roof line and are susceptible to damage.  If you find that you have hail damage on your roof, it’s likely that your gutters were damaged as well, though it may be tricky for you to tell standing on the ground.  Be sure to have them evaluated by a professional who will be able to detect indentations caused by the storm.

What To Do If You Have Hail Damage

If a hailstorm has caused damage to your home, check out these dos and don’ts of hail damage insurance claims.

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"My roof & gutters were damaged with hail. Matt was so helpful with the insurance company to get a satisfying settlement. The work crew worked steadily, quietly and efficiently to replace the roofing & LeafGuard® Brand Gutters. The whole team has done a wonderful job!"

Deb J.
St. Paul, MN
April 17, 2023

"Great crew for my hail replacement project. Easy to work with and cleaned up after the job. I had a couple of questions and they listened and helped me with those. I've told many people about your company."

Paula H.
St. Paul, MN
April 8, 2023

"Lindus Construction was great to work with. We had hail damage to our roof, siding and windows. They really went to bat for us with the insurance company which was greatly appreciated.  The crews that did the work were friendly and very professional. They really know what they are doing and work together extremely well. We are so very happy with the results. We will have no hesitation to use this company in the future."

David L.
Baldwin, WI
April 5, 2023

"Lindus did a great job on our gutters years ago, and again this year. Communication is a big deal to me, and they scored high in that regard. Follow-through with us and our insurance company made the process easier than I imagined.  Installation crew was professional, polite, and accommodating."

Jayne N.
St. Paul, MN
March 14, 2023

"Very happy with the workmanship and the attention to detail on our new roof and gutters. Also a big shout-out to Doug who worked with our insurance company who was less than helpful."

Carol S.
Mahtomedi, MN
March 10, 2023

"We had our roof and gutters replaced along with the replacement of rooftop part of our skylights. Care was taken to not harm plantings. Very satisfied. Highly recommend Lindus."

Robert G.
Oakdale, MN
August 9, 2022
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