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5 Steps to Take After a Hail Storm

According to FSU’s Florida Climate Center, no other part of the nation has more thunderstorm activity than Florida.

We recently saw a major hail storm impact Central Florida, and hurricane season is here to stay until November 30th.

Weather officials and construction experts caution homeowners to examine their house for existing damage and take precautions against future storms.

Here are the 5 steps to take after experiencing a hail storm.

 

1.   Research reputable roofing companies with great online reviews and excellent references.

Make sure they have an actual business address and phone number. Check out some of Universal Roof’s online reviews here.

2.   Make a visual inspection of your property.

Check for things like broken windows, skylights, and any obvious signs of damage. Search closely for dents around window mullions and splatter marks.  Mullions are the vertical dividers between the sections of your windows, and are where visible dents may result from hailstone impact.  When soft hailstones, or sloshballs, strike they leave splatter marks removing oxidation, dust, dirt and microbial growth from exterior surfaces. The presence of dents or splatter marks is an indicator of possible roof damage.

3.   Call a professional.

If you suspect hail damage – or if it has been over a year since you have had your roof inspected – it is time to have a licensed roofing contractor take a look.  Bruised, torn or pitted shingles and dislodged trim or flashing can lead to water intrusion, wood rot and mold infestation.  Even minor damage that goes unattended can leave your home vulnerable and precipitate expensive major repairs. Universal Roof offers free inspections and estimates.

4.   Research reputable roofing companies with great online reviews and excellent references.

Make sure they have an actual business address and phone number. Check out some of Universal Roof’s online reviews here.

5.   Prepare your home for the next storms’ arrival.

Take a look around your yard and minimize flying debris by trimming loose branches, repairing fence posts, and properly storing lawn and patio furniture.  Have a household emergency plan, and be ready for severe weather and evacuation situations.

Don’t wait; a property damage inspection by a licensed contractor can help secure your home. And in spite of the hailstorm, you and your family will be covered to survive Florida’s aerial ammunition, and once more enjoy the many pleasures our Florida culture and climate have to offer.

Listen to “In the House with Ken & Jared” on WDBO’s News Talk FM96.5, and get more home tips and radio show info at the In the House Show website. For a free inspection and free estimate for your next Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Siding or Home Improvement project, contact us or call now: (407) 278-2686