A homes roof must be physically inspected by a person who has training and experience to determine if there is actual hail damage. Insurance companies send their adjusters to special training so they can properly identify hail damage to a home.
With hail damage you will see some of the tiny granules of a roof missing. Over time the roof damage will get progressively worse and shorten itís lifespan. Eventually your roof will end up leaking.
Even if your roof has minimal damage you have a valid insurance claim and should file with your insurance company. The damage caused by a hail storm might not cause your roof to leak for years. This makes it critical to have someone who is qualified inspect your roof.
Understanding Damage and Impacts
Damage from hail approaches $1billion in the US each year. Much of the damage inflicted by hail is to crops. Even relatively small hail can shred plants to ribbons in a matter of minutes. Vehicles, roofs of buildings and homes, and landscaping are the other things most commonly damaged by hail.
Hail has been known to cause injury to humans, and occasionally has been fatal. The most deadly hailstorm on record occurred in India on April 30, 1988, killing 246 people and 1600 domesticated animals.A large hailstone can cause serious injury. A hailstone the diameter of a baseball falls at a speed comparable to that of a pitched baseball - on the order of 100 mph! It's like being hit by a "beanball" thrown by a major league pitcher.
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