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What is the Process for Repairing Hail Damage to My Home?

When we think about our homes sustaining damage from storms, we tend to think of catastrophic water damage such as flooding, or damage to roofs or siding from extreme weather events such as tornados. But a much more common type of weather event can similarly cause significant damage to your home: hail. Hails comes in a variety of sizes and may well be more common than you think! It pays to educate yourself about the potential destructiveness of hail so that you’re prepared to assess the damage and take the right steps to get the damage repaired.

All You Need to Know About Hail

The main thing you need to know about hail is that the size of the hail matters a great deal. Certain weather conditions, such as the temperature of cloud formations and also how fast they’re moving, can have a dramatic impact on how long water droplets are exposed to freezing temperatures that allow them to become hail before they fall to the ground. Generally speaking, the longer they’re exposed, the larger the hail can become, and the more catastrophic the damage it can do.

The smallest type of hail tends to be about the size of a pea. This type of hail can travel up to 24 miles per hour, and it’s unlikely to do much damage to your home, although it can certainly do a number on your car. Once we get into the territory of hail that is about the size of a US quarter, we’re talking about hail that can travel up to 49 mph. This can easily cause damage to plants and some features of your house. When hail reaches golf ball size, it falls at a speed of 64 mph, which is more than enough to cause severe damage to your roof, and can even dent the wood features of your home and crack certain types of siding. In short, if you experience any hail event where the hail is larger than a pea, you need to take its destructive potential seriously.

After the Storm

The first thing to do after a storm in which you suspect you’ve sustained hail damage to your home is to schedule an inspection from your insurance company. You need to do this as soon as possible, so that there is little question that the damage has been caused by the hail and not a subsequent event; this makes it substantially more likely that your claims will be accepted. Be sure that you point out each and every instance of damage to the inspector so that he or she can notate it for your records.

You’ll need those records when you get to the next step in the process, which is speaking to an agent at your insurance company and actually filing a claim for damages. While you’re waiting on a response from your insurance company, you’ll want to find a repair company in your area that can give you a reasonable quote and some assurance that they have what it takes to get the job done. Indiana Restorations is a highly qualified and experienced restoration company that is ready and willing to work with you to get your home looking like new again, no matter how much hail damage you’ve sustained.