Aug 12, 2019

Four Point Post Hailstorm Checklist

The sound of hail pelting on roofs, siding, and gutters has been all too familiar to homeowners living in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin lately.  Though the damage takes only a few minutes to take place, the aftermath of hail is long-lasting and oftentimes stressful.  Understanding the proper steps once damage occurs is the first step towards storm damage restoration.  Follow our hail damage inspection checklist to understand the first four steps you should take.

1. Start a Storm Damage File

When beginning your initial hail damage inspection, record when the storm occurred and list all the areas that you are noticing damage.  Don’t overlook elements such as air conditioners, fences, and sheds.  It’s helpful to record the size of hail and photograph it next to an object that shows scale, such as a quarter.  During your hail damage inspection, using binoculars while standing on the ground can allow you to verify the extent of damage on your roof.  An abundance of shingle granules in your gutters or absent shingles are strong indicators that hail damage has occurred.

2. Triage Severely Damaged Areas

Hail damage on roofs can cause leaking; this should be addressed immediately by having a tarp installed over the problem areas as quickly as possible.  If hail shattered window glass, board up the damaged area until window replacement can take place.  The goal of your storm damage inspection should be to prevent any further damage to your home until a reputable contractor can assist you with restoration.

3. Have Your Property Inspected By A Trustworthy, Local Contractor

Local, highly rated contractors readily provide complimentary storm and hail damage inspections.  They are experienced and know exactly how to check roofs for hail damage, whereas an amateur could miss some of the signs.  If an insurance claim is needed, they can supply you with documentation and even work to meet with you and your insurance adjuster to finalize your claim.  Exercise extreme caution when interacting with storm chasing contractors that show up at your door uninvited.  Oftentimes, they are not insured or licensed.  In many instances, work is completed incorrectly, or not at all.  Refrain from signing their vague contracts and do not allow them to get on your roof, as you may be liable for their injuries in the event of an accident, especially if they lack insurance.

Here’s How A Reputable Contractor Can Help You After A Storm:

File A Hail Damage Insurance Claim

Prior to having work completed by the storm restoration companies you have interviewed, an insurance claim must be filed.  Having a reputable storm damage contractor support you during this process is particularly beneficial if the adjuster’s initial offer is not a reflection of all areas of your home that need restoration or fails to recognize premium improvements you have made to your home.  A homeowner has the right to retain the services of an independent adjuster that can submit their analysis to your insurance company with the amount you deserve compensation for.  As a last resort, a homeowner may hire an attorney or file a dispute with the state insurance commissioner’s office.

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Reviews Of Our Storm Damage Repair Company:

"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

"We recently had a hailstorm come through.  Fortunately, we purchased the best asphalt roof system back in 2016. Jake took the time to inspect our exterior including walking up on our roof. When he finished, he took additional time to review his findings. Fortunately because of the high end roof and underlayment material that we purchased, our roof survived and we do not need to replace it. Jake was extremely professional and very detailed and very friendly.  With staff like him, you will continue to have long established customers like us."

Rick & Bonnie B.
Hudson, Wi
June 16, 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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