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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"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

"Just had two of your men come in and repair all of our damaged gutters from the hailstorm back in June. They were here right on time and finished everything into the early evening. What a great job. Thank you.

Craig G.
Hudson, WI
August 9, 2022

"They did a great job with our roof and working with our insurance company!"

Christina L.
Goodhue, MN
July 21, 2022

“We are very pleased with Lindus' work from start to finish. They did an energy audit, foam insulation of basement rim joists, removed and replaced damaged attic insulation with foam and cellulose, installed new attic access, replaced upper-level bathroom fan and exhaust to roof, removed and replaced soffit and fascia. We had storm damaged steel siding on front upper level of house. All of the siding on front upper level was replaced with LP® smart siding, all front windows were retrimmed. We believe they went above and beyond our expectations.”

David L.
Robbinsdale, MN
July 15, 2022

“Tyler and Chris did an excellent job replacing our hail damaged gutters.  I have been a repeat customer almost since the beginning of Lindus Construction.  We have always been very satisfied with the work we received from Lindus Construction.  Keep up the good work!”

Jay K.
River Falls, WI
July 14, 2022

Salesperson was knowledgeable and helpful with insurance due to hail damage. We had our previous LeafGuard® Gutters over 20 years. Replaced with new LeafGuard® Gutters due to the hail damage. Installation went great. Clean up was good. Highly recommend.

Beth J.
Minnetonka, MN
May 12, 2022
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