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3 Solutions for Damage from HailAugust 19th, 2016 by
Hail can range from small to large, and so can the extent of its damage. If you’re worried about how to deal with hail damage, keep reading for suggestions on how to spot issues, when to contact a professional for help, and when you can fix it yourself. It’s not too late to prepare for summer storms.
- Roof Damage
If the storm that came through didn’t seem that bad, but it did include hail, you still want to check your roof for damage. The worst time to find out about a leak is during the next storm. You can start the inspection on your own by examining the attic. If there is any evidence of damage, you’ll probably need a professional’s help.
As far as the exterior is concerned, roof shingles on the ground indicate a need for repair, but damage is not always immediately visible. If you need help ascertaining and repairing the damage, contact a local Best Pick roofing contractor to inspect or repair your roof. If you do need to replace your roof, consider it an opportunity to implement a more sustainable roof that is made from recyclable material or that allows you to conserve water.
- Gutter Damage
It’s always a good idea to have a routine self-check on your gutters—preferably before the storm hits. However, even if you conducted a recent inspection yourself, it is important to maintain the condition of the gutters after a hailstorm. Unlike leaks, holes, and rust, which are smaller repairs you can tackle yourself, hail dents on gutters are a little more difficult to repair. Dents or other misshapen aspects of your gutters are a sign of damage that may need to be fixed. If you aren’t sure if the gutters need maintenance or replacing, call a Best Pick company for an estimate.
- Car Damage
The best defense against car hail damage is prevention. Car covers are relatively cheap, and a garage will provide even better protection. If you know you live in an area that’s prone to hailstorms, you should definitely invest in a good car cover or a carport.
However, if the hailstorm has already struck, the best way to make sure your car recovers fully is to have a professional inspect and repair it. Car repair professionals use several different methodologies that vary in cost and complexity, such as part replacement or paintless dent repair. If your dents are minor, you might have some success with letting your car sit out in the sun for a few days and letting the dents pop out of your car naturally. Another do-it-yourself option is using a hair dryer to apply more direct heat to the car in two-minute intervals in conjunction with direct sunlight, but keep a close eye on the paint to make sure the color does not start to fade.
Hail damage can be a small annoyance or a huge inconvenience. If a storm produces large hail, you should probably contact your insurance company and go see a professional to repair hail dents. But even if the damage is minimal, it doesn’t hurt to seek a professional opinion—especially if any of the quick fixes above don’t do the trick.