Your house is the shield that protects you from all sorts of severe weather. Unfortunately for your home’s exterior, that means being constantly pelted by rain, snow and occasionally hail. While this is better than having chunks of ice rain down upon you and your family, it can do quite a bit of damage to your roof and siding.
Unlike your car, you can’t just hastily throw a protective tarp over your home or business (if you can, file a patent for your invention immediately). Hail damage is likely to occur at least once in your life.
What to do if you discover hail damage
If, after a rather severe storm, you emerge from your home or business to discover hail damage, it can be rather disconcerting, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with a damaged home or business for the rest of your life. There is a process that can be followed to restore your exterior to its former glory.
Step #1: assess the damage
Take a lap around your property to check for damage to your siding, windows and roofing. If you don’t know what to look for, contact a group of Twin Cities siding professionals to help you pinpoint the hard to spot damages.
You want to search for everything from dents to cracks, holes, and even discoloration of your siding. Check each window for cracks in the glass or damage to shutters or frames. If you can, get up on your roof and look for leaks and damaged or missing shingles.
Remember, there is more to exterior damage than meets the eye. While it may seem purely superficial, if moisture penetrates a structure’s exterior, mold, mildew and rot are sure to follow. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have the damage assessed immediately.
Step #2: contact your insurance company
File a claim with your insurance company today. Not tomorrow; not next week; not at your leisure. The longer you wait to contact your insurance company, the harder it will be to prove that the damage to your home or business exterior was the result of the most recent storm.
You do not want to be stuck paying out of pocket for the entirety of the damages.
Step #3: watch out for scams
It’s not unusual for a hailstorm of contractors to show up unsolicited on your doorstep after a severe weather, telling your that they can fix your damage fast and cheap. While it may seem like a good idea to resolve the issues right away, you could be asking for more of a headache down the road.
You want to find an established company that is trusted by home and business owners in your area. Not all contractors are licensed, have insurance claims experience, or even provide quality training to their workers.
Never pay cash to the first person who shows up at your door, especially without going through your insurance provider first.
Count on top results from a top company
Hail damage doesn’t have to put a dent in the beauty of your home, nor does it have to wreck havoc on your finances. You can trust the professionals at Hoyt Exteriors to restore home or business with precision, quality and unparalleled expertise.
If you’ve got hail damage, call 651-212-4965 or contact us today.