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Hail Can Cause Damage To Your Home

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Hailstorms can happen year-round and can vary greatly in severity. In fact, damage from hail is among the top homeowners claims annually, with approximately one in 35 homes reporting a claim. Surprisingly, hailstorms cause close to $1 billion in damages. The damage is mainly to roofs and cars. Hailstorms can cause dents in aluminum siding, shingles and gutters or even crack vinyl siding, asphalt roofs or wood shakes.

Hailstones come in different shapes and sizes and can be anywhere from .2 inches to 6 inches in size and weigh more than 1 pound. Three factors contribute to making a hailstorm especially dangerous:

  1. The size of the stones
  2. The frequency with which they fall
  3. The wind speed

While hailstorms are not easily predicted, there are a few ways to prepare for them to lessen future damage. The first thing to check is your roof. You will want to look for any missing or worn shingles and get those replaced. If you know hail is on the way, try and get your car to the garage or a covered area if possible. During a hailstorm, you will want to stay inside and avoid skylights or any other glass windows/doors in your home.

It is a good idea to check with your insurance carrier to see what is covered on your current policy and consider adding hail damage. If you think your home has been damaged by a hail storm it is a good idea to have a the professionals of SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305 to inspect your roof and siding. We will alert you to any issues that may open your home to the threat of water and mold damage. 

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