Hail storms are fairly common in the United States, extensive damage isn’t a regular issue. Unfortunately, there are occasions in which hail can cause a lot of harm to your home. You hope insurance will pay for it, but whether it does or not, you want to assure the repairs are completed properly and in a timely manner to prevent further damage and so you can get back to your daily life.
Hail damage to your roof is a first priority, because roof damage always leads to further water damage if left untended. Depending on the amount of damage along with the age and condition of your roof, you may only need a few repairs. Then again, if the damage is extensive or the roof is nearing the end of its useful life, you may need a new roof. A reputable contractor can offer advice to the situation according to experience and knowledge, so take advantage of his bid and consultation.
Siding is typically the first thing people see when visiting your home, and provides both structural and cosmetic attributes to the house. Because hail causes a type of damage that isn’t typically repairable, it’s something to judge the amount of damage and price of replacement to consider whether the storm caused extensive structural damage that calls for immediate attention or casual aesthetic damage that allows you to save and budget for the work. Again, the advice of a licensed contractor is important as he has likely seen similar situations and can tell whether it’s important to begin immediate repairs to prevent further damage or if you have time to plan ahead.
The most obvious window damage after a hail storm is broken glass. Glass can be replaced. If there is damage to the frame as well, or if it’s an older window, it might be the perfect opportunity to upgrade to a better quality window.
Hail damage to gutters is usually little more than cosmetic, but the storm can cause structural damage to your gutter system. Little can be done to repair dings and dents in your gutter than to replace it, but it’s a different story if your gutters begin to sag or downspouts begin to lean after a heavy storm. In the latter cases, you need repairs to assure the gutters still function properly and guide runoff water away from your home’s foundation.
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