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How to Check Your Roof for Damage Following a Hailstorm

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This article will aid you in avoiding the potentially disastrous consequences of a hailstorm on your roof. Hail is one of the most destructive storms to impact any home, commonly causing damage to roofs, ceilings, and windows.

1. Conduct a Pre-storm Check
Before the storm, walk around your home, looking for and noting any damage you see. Check plumbing, insulation, gutters, and anything else that could get in the way of the storm. It might be an odd location, but check your channels and the exterior of your home.

2. Inspect for damaged inside the house
Check for water droplets or watermarks on your ceiling and inside the walls, especially if you see ceiling leakage. It is a sign that the insulation around your house is failing, or you might have a leak in the roof. Your rooftop might have been damaged by the hail, causing leaking.

3. Inspect for possible structural damage to your home
Structural damage is the most crucial step in checking your roof for damage following a hail storm. It would help if you inspected for signs such as cracks on your walls, ceilings, and foundation.  You might even want to check for damaged foundation or any other possible structural damage.

4. Look for Debris on the Roof
You may find debris on the roof, such as branches or leaves. See whether they have penetrated through the top or not. Debris on the roof might be signs of structural damage, especially if the debris is wet after the storm.

5. Check the Attic and the Corners of Your Roof
Look in each attic corner, where it is most likely to be damaged by hail. A hailstorm can penetrate through roof vents and roof beams.

6. Check Your Gutters
You will want to check your gutters and make sure that they are clear, especially if you have a lot of leaves that could cause damage to your home as well. In case they are blocked with leaves, it is advisable to clear the gutters in advance of the storm.

7. Look for Discoloration on the roof
Look for discoloration in the roof, either in shingles or in the wood of your roof. Check whether it is just part of the roof that has changed or if it is throughout the whole top. If your roof has buckled or there is damage that resembles a baseball, you will want to call the roofer.

8. Check Your Roofing Materials
Look at the roofing materials and check where the damage is. Check the shingles, the insulation, and the roof beams.

9. Check Your Deck or Exterior Roof
Check your deck or exterior roof, especially if your home wood made. Ensure that there are no damages that are not visible, such as cracks.

10. Check your Chimney and Other Structures
Look for damage to your chimney and all other structures necessary to keep heat. They include vents, as well as any open doors.

It is not always possible to prevent hail damage. However, it is essential to take steps in preparing for a hailstorm and make sure that you have a plan of what to do in an emergency.