As one of the most aggressive elements to fall from the sky, hail can cause quite a lot of damage. While there are steps you can take to avoid severe damages, sometimes the elements wreak havoc and we have to figure out how to deal with them regardless.
While Texas reigns supreme as the state with the most hail loss insurance claims in the US, Florida sees its fair share annually as well.
In the three years ranging from 2017 to 2019, Florida averaged 118 severe hail days per year. Verisk Weather Solutions, which collects data on annual hail damage claims, defines a severe hail day as “a day when hail greater than or equal to 1 inch in diameter impacted a portion of the state.”
With almost a third of the year promising the potential for hail damage, it is important to safeguard your home from expensive repairs by making sure the roof and siding are in good shape.
If you live in an area like Florida that is prone to hailstorms at certain times of year, the best way to deal with damage is to prevent it. Storm shutters are a great way to do this.
It is also important that you repair any damages as soon as they happen. If roof damage goes untreated, loose or broken shingles can lead to significant water damage the next time it rains. Additionally, the next time it hails, existing weaknesses in the home’s protective outer layer will only incur more damage.
Sometimes, no matter how much preparation we do, prevention just simply is not possible. Immediately following a major storm, you should walk the perimeter of your home and look for signs of destruction. You may find that fences have holes or swing sets have been dented or splintered.
Home damages makes up for a majority of the annual hail-related loss claims filed in the United States. Nationwide, hailstorms result in more than 7 million insurance claims each year. As such, it is helpful to know how to spot signs of potential issues.
There are many areas of the home that can sustain damage during a hailstorm. Windows and skylights are particularly susceptible to cracks. Like previously mentioned, a great preventative solution for this is to install storm shutters if you live in an area that has frequent hail fall.
The roof is another area that is especially susceptible to damage. From the ground level, there are a couple of things you can look for to spot roof issues after a hailstorm:
As central Florida’s premiere roof installation and repair company, The Roof Guys has seen all sorts of hailstorm damage. Our dedicated roofing experts are available for repair consultations or to provide estimates on new roof installations.
If you find yourself dealing with the effects of hail damage, we highly encourage you to contact us for professional guidance in finding the perfect solution.
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