Hail storms are a weather event that can cause significant damage to homes and properties. As a homeowner, understanding the potential risks and knowing the appropriate steps to take after a storm can safeguard your investment and ensure your home remains a safe haven. At Weather Shield Home Experts, we’ve seen firsthand the impact of hail storms on roofing, siding, gutters, and other exterior aspects of homes. To help you prepare or navigate this type of situation, we’ve put together insights on the dangers of hail storm damage and actionable advice on what to do in the aftermath.


Understanding Hail Storm Damage

Hail forms when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into ice. These ice particles grow as additional moisture freezes onto them until they become too heavy and fall to the ground as hailstones. Depending on their size, hailstones can cause varying degrees of damage:


  • Small Hail (up to 1 inch): Even small hailstones can chip paint, dent gutters, and slightly damage shingles.
  • Medium Hail (1-2 inches): These can crack shingles, damage roof vents, and break windows.
  • Large Hail (over 2 inches): Hailstones of this size can puncture roofs, shatter windows, and cause severe structural damage.
The damage isn’t always immediately visible, making it essential for homeowners to conduct thorough inspections following a hail storm.


Immediate Steps to Take After a Hail Storm

    • Ensure Safety First
      Before assessing any damage, ensure that there are no immediate hazards such as downed power lines or broken glass. If you suspect structural damage, evacuate your home until it has been professionally inspected.
    • Document the Damage
      Take clear, comprehensive photographs of all areas affected by the hail storm. This documentation will be crucial for insurance claims and any subsequent repairs. Focus on:

        • Roof damage: Look for dents, cracks, missing shingles, or other visible impacts.
        • Windows and doors: Check for cracks, shattered glass, and damaged frames.
        • Gutters and downspouts: Inspect for dents, dislodging, or blockages caused by debris.
        • Siding and exterior walls: Look for cracks, holes, and other impacts.
      • Cover Exposed Areas
        If there are any breaches in your roof or walls, use tarps or plywood to cover these areas temporarily. This can prevent further damage from rain or wind until professional repairs can be made.
      • Contact Your Insurance Company
        Notify your insurance provider about the damage promptly. Provide them with the documentation you’ve gathered and follow their instructions for filing a claim. An adjuster may need to inspect your home to assess the extent of the damage.
      • Schedule a Professional Inspection
        Even if the damage appears minor, it’s crucial to have a professional inspection to identify potential issues that aren’t immediately visible. As a GAF Master Elite Certified Roofing Company, Weather Shield Home Experts provides comprehensive inspections to ensure no damage goes unnoticed.

The Risks of Ignoring Hail Damage

Failing to address hail damage promptly can lead to several long-term issues:

Leaks and Water Damage
Cracked or missing shingles can allow water to seep into your home, leading to leaks, mold growth, and structural damage. Water damage can be insidious, often going unnoticed until significant harm has occurred.

Reduced Energy Efficiency
Damaged insulation and compromised roofing materials can lead to increased energy consumption as your HVAC system works harder to maintain a consistent temperature. This can result in higher utility bills and an uncomfortable living environment.

Compromised Structural Integrity
Repeated exposure to the elements, combined with unresolved hail damage, can weaken the structural integrity of your home. This not only diminishes your home’s value but also poses safety risks to you and your family.

Decreased Property Value
Visible damage to your home’s exterior can significantly reduce its curb appeal and market value. Potential buyers may be deterred by the prospect of costly repairs.

Preventive Measures and Long-Term Solutions

Regular Maintenance
Schedule regular inspections and maintenance for your home’s exterior, especially after severe weather events. This can help identify and address minor issues before they escalate into major problems.

Invest in Durable Materials
Consider upgrading to more durable materials, such as impact-resistant shingles and reinforced siding, to enhance your home’s resilience against hail and other weather-related damage.

Professional Installation
Ensure that all repairs and installations are performed by certified professionals. Proper installation is crucial for the longevity and effectiveness of roofing, siding, gutters, and insulation systems.

Comprehensive Insurance
Review your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage for hail and other weather-related damage. Consider additional coverage if necessary to protect your investment fully.


Why Choose Weather Shield Home Experts?

Committed to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, Weather Shield Home Experts offers comprehensive exterior services designed to protect and enhance your home. Our GAF Master Elite certification underscores our dedication to excellence, ensuring that only the top 2% of roofers in North America meet our standards.


Our Services Include:

  • Roofing: From asphalt to steel roofing, we provide a range of options tailored to withstand harsh weather conditions.
  • Seamless Gutters: Our customized seamless gutters and variety of gutter guards keep your system in optimal shape.
  • Siding: We offer vinyl, steel, and LP siding to enhance your home’s curb appeal and durability.
  • Windows + Doors: Partnering with Plygem, the #1 manufacturer of windows in North America, we offer a variety of styles and options to suit your home’s needs.
  • Insulation: Our blow-in fiberglass and closed-cell spray foam insulation improve energy efficiency and comfort.
  • Ice Dam Removal: Using steam, we safely and efficiently remove ice dams to prevent additional water backup and damage.
  • Commercial Services: Tailored to meet the unique demands of today’s commercial sector, ensuring top-tier protection and durability.
Navigating insurance claims is a hassle—let us handle the complexities. Our team collaborates directly with your insurance provider to ensure a smooth and efficient process.


Hail storms pose significant risks to the integrity and value of your home. However, with prompt action and professional assistance, you can mitigate these risks and maintain your home’s safety and beauty. At Weather Shield Home Experts, we are dedicated to providing exceptional craftsmanship, unparalleled customer service, and industry-leading warranties to elevate your home experience.


Need assistance after a hail storm? Contact Weather Shield Home Experts today at (507) 718-1802 or visit our website to schedule a free estimate. We’d be honored to help you protect and enhance your home with integrity and excellence.