What Steps Should I Take After Experiencing Hail Damage?

April 3, 2024

Hail season is officially upon us, and many are already experiencing hail damage. As hailstorms persist, property owners face a pressing concern: how to address the aftermath of hailstorms effectively. Hailstorms can inflict severe damage on properties, necessitating swift and informed action to protect investments and ensure timely restoration. This comprehensive guide outlines essential steps for property owners to navigate the aftermath of hailstorms seamlessly and expedite the claims process. 

Assessing Hail Damage

After a hailstorm, the first step in restoration is to assess the extent of the damage to your property. Assessing your property after experiencing hail damage initiates the claims process in an attempt to ensure that your property is restored promptly and effectively. Documenting the damage thoroughly with photographs and videos from different angles is essential. This documentation will be invaluable when filing an insurance claim.

Exterior Damage

Inspect the exterior of your property for visible signs of damage as dented or cracked surfaces, broken windows, and damaged roofing materials. 

Roof Damage

Pay close attention to your roof, as it is particularly susceptible to hail damage. Look for dents, punctures, and missing shingles or tiles.

HVAC Systems

Check HVAC units and other outdoor equipment for any signs of damage, as hail can cause dents and impair functionality.

Documenting the Damage

Proper documentation is key to a successful insurance claim. Make sure to record the date and time of the hailstorm, as well as any relevant weather reports. Focus your attention on the areas that appear to have the most damage. Include close-up shots to capture the extent of the damage accurately. Keep all documentation organized and easily accessible for when you need to file your claim. 

Photo & Video Evidence

Take clear and detailed photographs of all visible damage to your property from multiple angles. Be sure to capture close-up shots as well as wider shots to provide context.

Written Documentation

Make detailed notes describing the extent of the damage, including the date and time of the hailstorm, the areas affected, and any observable structural issues. 

Gather Supporting Documentation

Collect any relevant documents such as maintenance records, previous inspection reports, and receipts for repairs or upgrades.

Contact Your Insurance Carrier

Initiating the claims process promptly by notifying your insurance carrier of the hail damage on your property is essential. Be thorough in providing all relevant details, including the date and location of the hailstorm, along with a comprehensive description of the damage and any documentation you’ve gathered. Collaborate with your insurance adjuster to arrange a thorough inspection of your property. This inspection allows them to evaluate the extent of the damage and decide the best course of action.  A licensed & reputable public adjuster will conduct a thorough damage assessment of your property to streamline the claims process with your insurance carrier.

Additionally, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with your insurance policy, ensuring that you comprehend the coverage limits, deductibles, and any specific requirement or exclusions pertaining to hail damage. To have your policy thoroughly reviewed by our team of licensed professionals, submit your policy here: Free Policy Review

Preventative Measures

While hail damage is often unavoidable, there are some preventative measures you can take to help minimize the impact of future hailstorms on your property. 

Roof Maintenance 

Regularly inspect and maintain your roof to identify and address any potential vulnerabilities or weak spots that may be susceptible to hail damage. 

Protective Coverings

Consider installing protective coverings such as hail-resistant roofing materials, window shutters, or awnings to mitigate the impact of hailstones. 

Trip Trees and Shrubs

Keep trees and shrubs on your property well-trimmed to minimize the risk of falling branches and debris during hailstorms. 

Enlist the Help of a Public Adjuster

Consider enlisting the expertise of a public adjuster to assist you with your insurance claim. Public adjusters are licensed professionals who work on behalf of policyholders to negotiate fair and equitable settlements with insurance companies. At Premier Claims, our team of Licensed Public Adjusters can advocate for your best interests and fight for you to receive the compensation that is rightfully owed to you.  To learn more about the value a public adjuster can bring to your claim and your peace of mind, read our blog: What is a Public Adjuster? 

Navigating the aftermath of a hailstorm can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Premier Claims is here to support you every step of the way, from assessing damage to negotiating with your insurance carrier. Our team of experts is committed to providing you with the guidance and assistance you need to restore your property and regain peace of mind. 

Ready to take the next steps after a hailstorm? Connect with Premier Claims today to speak with one of our experienced public adjusters and get the support you need to navigate the claims process with confidence. 


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