A hail storm can have damaging effects on a home and all belongings, plants and landscaping that is impacted by it. It is best to have a plan in place in the event you are impacted by hail. Whether you need to create a plan or have recently been impacted by a storm, learn how hail storm begins, submitting insurance claims and what to do right after a storm from Denver roofing professionals.
How Does a Hail Storm Begin?
Hail is created from unstable air during a thunderstorm. Currents move up and down very quickly, pushing water vapor up into a cloud. When the cloud is below freezing, water particles turn into ice. It meets the rain and creates what we know as hail. This process can keep happening, which creates larger hail particles. The quicker the drafts are within the crowd, it can create a larger piece of hail. Hail can be as small as a dime or as large as a baseball. The larger the hail, the more damaging it can be on your home, car and more, of course. During a hail storm, it is important to stay away from windows in case side winds lead to hail breaking through window glass.
Do not go outside of your home to watch a storm or review damage until the storm is over and passed. Once it is over, get your camera or take your smartphone to go outside and assess any damage. First, look up at your roof. Is it dented? Are any shingles on the ground or do they have holes? Are your gutters still in premier condition? Also, it is important to look at the siding all along your house. Hail that is pushed sideways can dent or put holes in your home’s siding. You can also look for debris in your yard, review damage to your car and anything else.
Submitting an Insurance Claim
If you have damage or think you might have damage, you can submit your claim to your insurance company. You will need to make it a top effort to do this as soon as possible. First, you’ll need to handle this quickly to meet your insurance company’s deadlines. However, you also do not want leaks to occur in your home. Holes or damage to roofing can lead to poor quality of the structure. When this happens, water can seep in and lead to mold growth and many other problems. They will take your claim, send an adjuster to assess damage. Once they finalize their reporting, they will work with your insurance company and send you funds to fix your damage.
If your home has been damaged due to hail, The Roof Dr. is your local go-to roofing specialist. You never know when a hail storm might happen in Colorado, and you should be prepared in any case. From roofing to siding, we can work with you on a variety of issues you may have been impacted by during a hail storm. Learn about our residential roofing services
to see how we can help all year long. Call us at 720-606-ROOF today to get started on your claim