What to Do After Hail Damages Your Roof

Hail damage to your roof is no joke. Hailstorms can be very damaging and pretty stressful when you don’t know what to do when your home actually gets damaged. At this point, you may start asking yourself what to do now? Who to contact? Are you at risk, and how quickly should the damage be repaired?

If your roof has been hit by hail and you are concerned about the possible damage, the most important thing is to act quickly. A roof left damaged after a hailstorm will continue to break down, leading to leaks and further damage, thus skyrocketing the repair costs.

So what should you do right after the storm and what later on? Read on to find out!

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1. Check Your Entire Home

Has the storm died down completely? Then it’s safe to go outside. Take a walk around the house and inspect it both inside and outside, recording any damage and the date and time of the hail storm. Your insurance company may want to verify this information when you file a claim.

Take some photos or videos of the damage, but only if it’s safe. Safety first, always! But you can also just wait for your roofer, as they will also make sure everything is properly documented.

Now, hail can often get pretty strong that, unfortunately, not only your roof gets hit. There are the gutters, siding, windows, the whole nine yards!

So, on your walkabout around the house, make sure to:

  • Check for any dents in the downspouts, gutters, and gutter screens, 
  • Check for dents in the siding and the window sills, 
  • Check for damage to doors, outdoor furniture, and swimming pools, 
  • Check for damage to plants and grass, 
  • Inspect any exposed sheds, vents, patio covers, mailboxes, porches, and decks or other painted wood surfaces,
  • Even check your HVAC system because it may also qualify for replacement under your insurance policy.

And finally, if possible from the ground, check the shingles and chimneys, vents, chimney covers, skylights, and any other roofing features for obvious damages.

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2. Get in Touch With a Roofing Expert

Calling your roofer is the next most important thing to do. Many even skip the first step and, instead of inspecting the property, jump on a phone call with a roofer right away. And why not! Here at Revived, we even recommend you call us ASAP so that we can take everything off of your hands and make sure you’re safe.

Sometimes, however, you might get a visit from someone that we, in the roofing industry, call storm chasers. Storm chasers are bad news, plain and simple. They go around literally chasing storms and homeowners and usually do poor, unprofessional, and quick-fix patch-up jobs. Sometimes even marking things worse. 

So make sure to always reach out to a reputable local roofing contractor to inspect and take care of your roof. A roof inspection should be free, so beware of anyone who wants you to pay for it.

A professional inspection will also make your life easier when it comes to filing a claim with your insurance company. After a thorough evaluation, your roofing contractor will make a list of all the hail damage that occurred to share with your insurance company.

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3. File Your Insurance Claim

If you want to file a storm or hail damage insurance claim, make sure to do it as soon as possible. Most standard insurance policies require filing a claim within one year of the storm or hail damage, but there’s no time to waste.

Before you file your claim, make sure you review your policy and check for any policy changes, replacement warranties, and determine the cost of your deductible.

In most cases, your roofer will be helping you every step of the way, making sure all the documentation is submitted, along with detailed notes and clear photos of the damaged areas.

After you’ve submitted your claim, your insurance company will likely send an adjuster to assess the financial damage.

The best option is to have your roofing contractor meet with the adjuster. An adjuster could miss obvious damage, but your roofing contractor always has your back and will make sure you get fair and full compensation.

Contact Revived Exteriors for Your Home’s Hail and Storm Repair Needs

Time is of the utmost importance when hail damages your roof. A roof that has fallen victim to a hailstorm cannot be left unattended because it will lead to leaks and water damage throughout your entire home.

At Revived Exteriors, we’re committed to helping keep our communities safe and sound. If you’re looking for the best hail damage restoration experts, then give us a call and let us put your mind at ease by getting the job done for you!

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