How to Identify Hail Damage

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Preparing your home’s exterior for the incoming colder months becomes increasingly essential as the summer season draws to a close. This includes identifying storm damage, the worst of which typically comes from tough hail storms in the warmer months. We have compiled a list of the tell-tale signs to look for when inspecting your home for hail damage. Keep in mind there are many factors that influence the severity of damage from a hail storm including wind speed, wind direction, hail size, and characteristics of your roof. If you think you have suffered from damaging weather, you can request a free, no-obligation quote from us here Built Strong Exteriors | Request An Inspection | Lake Elmo, MN.


  1. Inspect Your Gutters

A good starting point when looking for hail damage is your home’s rain gutters. This drainage system can quickly become clogged up after a bad storm. Shingles on your roof that become damaged can shed granules and lead to congestion and overflowing of your gutters. High-impact hail can produce more obvious damage such as dents and cracks on your gutters and downspouts.  

  1. Inspect Your Siding and Windows

This may seem obvious, but you’ll want to inspect your home’s siding for cracks and dents. Even hail that is 3/4“ is capable of leaving blemishes behind on your siding. You should inspect the siding and assess whether there are any significant unequal gaps. Chipped paint is another, more obvious sign that you may have incurred damages. 

  1. Inspect Your Deck

If you notice your siding, windows, or deck have hail damage, then you can probably assume your roof has suffered as well. Cracks, dents, and paint chips are all obvious side effects you may see on your deck after a hailstorm. More severe storms can cause your roof to lose shingles, which you find scattered on your deck or yard in the aftermath of the storm. 

  1. Inspect Your Roof

The most obvious way you can assess your home for hail damage is by checking out the roof directly. You may notice black-colored dots, loss of granules, or impact marks and dents. In addition, your shingles may have also suffered from tears, splits, or bruises. These damages can lead to functional problems in your home later on, so it’s best to identify them sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that inspecting your roof can be a dangerous task. This leads us to our next point…

  1. Get a Professional Opinion

If you think you have suffered from hail storm damage, it may be best to bring in a professional for an expert opinion. A professional can safely inspect your roof and give you peace of mind. Our home exterior experts are extremely knowledgable and can help you with crucial information to make your important decisions regarding materials, timelines, and costs. Request a free, no-obligation inspection for a quote today at Built Strong Exteriors | Request An Inspection | Lake Elmo, MN.