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6 Unique Signs to Properly Identify Hail Damage in Alpharetta

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Two inch hail ball in Alpharetta grass. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for any size storm damage repairs!

Hail Damage affects many Alpharetta properties.

Hail damage results in many homeowner's claims every year. In 2020 there were a total of 8 hail storms in the city of Alpharetta, causing many submitted claims!  

Many claims have been submitted because of the growing popularity for home builders to use vinyl siding as the predominant exterior material. Vinyl siding's lightweight design is built to survive high winds but is easily damaged by hail. When fast-falling hailstones strike the panels, it will cause chipping or cracking.

What can hail damage? 

Some hail damage is apparent, like broken windows or dented siding. The slight, unnoticed hail damage, on the other hand, requires a trained eye to be detected. You'll need to have a hail damage inspection to determine the extent of the damage and to move forward with any necessary repairs. Look no further; the team at SERVPRO of North Fulton will provide you with the best assistance. 

If your roof has indeed been damaged by hail, your house may be prone to roof leaks, missing roofing materials, or shingles deterioration.

Here are some things to look for to check if your house has been damaged by hail:

  • Examine the downspouts & gutters for dings and dents. Hailstorms often leave small dents in metal gutters and downspouts.
  • Look for dents, splatter marks, cracks, holes, or paint chips in your home's siding. Siding damage will be apparent during severe hail storms.
  • Hail can tear or make holes in metal & fiberglass window screen mesh.
  • Check the outdoor furniture you have. Plastic yard furniture can be cracked or damaged by severe hail storms. It also might chip the paint of your wooden furniture or splinter its wood.
  • A cracked or dented mailbox may suggest that a hailstorm hit your area. In plastic mailboxes, search for holes and cracks. In metal mailboxes, check for dents.
  • Look for small cracks in the window glass.

As well, the Professionals at SERVPRO have seen wind-driven hail tear the siding off houses, break glass windows, cause roof damage, and leave dents on exterior pipes.

Does insurance cover hail damage?

Homeowners' insurance will typically cover hail damage to the roof and other parts of your property. However, some insurance policies limit their hail damage coverage. Before you decide to submit an insurance claim, you should look for these six signs: 

6 Signs of Hail Damage

  1. Damage to outdoor furniture.
  2. Dented Gutters/Downspouts/Mailbox.
  3. Missing/Lifted shingles.
  4. Damaged/Cracked/Broken windows.
  5. Dented vehicles.
  6. Damage to sidings.

Whether you live in a high-risk area or not, calculating the extent of damage a hail storm has caused to your house can be difficult. It is best to have your home inspected by a professional when your home is damaged by hail. The right company will determine the damage and help you file a homeowners insurance claim. Check your policy for coverage restrictions if you live in an area where hail damages a high percentage of properties.

Please don't leave hail damage alone!

Hail damage comes in all shapes and sizes. When left alone, a property owner becomes more susceptible to leaks caused by a damaged roof. Property water damage can result in secondary damages like mold growth.

Keep the following chart in mind when identifying hail:

Quarter size: Minor exterior damage.

Half Dollar size: Minor to little damage (Cracks)

Walnut size: Dents wood and causes severe roof damage.

Golf Ball size: Exterior dents and cracks, possibly braking windows.

Tennis Ball size: Severe damages, breaks windows. 

It is a wise choice to seek help and get your hail-damaged home back to normal.

SERVPRO hail damage repair professionals

As you have learned, hail damage can be extremely costly. It would be best if you acted quickly by hiring a reputable company that has dealt with all types of storm damage before. SERVPRO is the most reliable option for getting your everyday life to be normal again after you have suffered from storm damage

SERVPRO of North Fulton is a preferred restoration vendor and is fully equipped with all of the state-of-the-art restoration equipment for any size job. Before you know it, your property will be back in a "pre-disaster" state. The citizens of Alpharetta know to count on us; we offer 24/7 emergency services! Contact us today!

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