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With recent storms in the area producing hail, have you assessed your property for potential damage? While it is rarely as destructive as the downed trees or flooding commonly associated with storms, hail can nevertheless cause serious damage to both property and vehicles.
Unfortunately, while harm to vehicles is usually obvious, damage to the roofs and sidings of homes and other buildings is often randomly distributed in no obvious pattern, which makes it difficult to distinguish from ordinary wear and tear. Here are some things you should keep an eye out for after a hail storm, and tips on how to proceed if you notice hail damage at your home or business.
If you suspect that your property may have been damaged by hail, there are certain tell-tale signs to look out for.
A leaking roof or siding will of course be immediately apparent, but a visual assessment from ground level can also sometimes reveal hail damage in the form of cracked or dented gutters.
In exceptionally severe storms, hailstones may be large enough to puncture roofs, but much more common are small dents (dings), in asphalt or composition roofs, and cracks or splits in vinyl and wood structures.
Unfortunately to identify this kind of small scale damage requires a very close inspection of the roof, which can be both difficult and dangerous for an untrained and inexperienced individual to undertake.
That is why it is best to contact an experienced property repair company to carry out the inspection on your behalf.
You should do this as soon as possible after the hailstorm because the company will be able to help carry out any immediate repairs which may be necessary to prevent further damage.
The evidence provided in the repair report will also be important in ensuring that any insurance claim is met in full.
Our expert technicians at ServiceMaster of Buncombe County have been helping North Carolina homeowners restore their properties since 1999. For more information or to schedule services, contact us today!
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