Hail storm damage is one of the most common problems when it comes to damage to a home or business. The best way to prevent loss from this natural phenomenon is to have insurance that replaces and repairs everything around the outside of the home. If such a disaster does occur, be sure to advise your insurance agent so that they can look at the damage, and access the overall costs, before you begin making any repairs.
Step 1: Check the Roof
The first place to start your repairs would be the roof because leaks can cause all types of damage to the interior, and exterior, of the home or business. Climb up onto it, sweeping all of the debris away as you go to make sure that you do not slip on anything. Check all areas for damage, including the shingles and all of the pieces of flashing that surround the vents and other protruding objects, such as a skylight and dormer. If any shingles have peeled away or been cut by the hail, replace or repair them. Use a hammer and galvanized roofing nails where needed, making sure that the nails that are hammered in are underneath the overlapping shingles in order to prevent any leaks from around the point of entry.
Check the flashing for any problems as well. If they have been forced back, nail them down and caulk all the edges. If a piece of flashing is not repairable, take it off and install a new piece.
While you are on the roof, walk around and check the rain gutters to make sure that they have not been harmed. If they have, measure the lengths that will need to be replaced and write it down on your paper.
Step 2: Check the Siding
Walk around the house and check the condition of the siding. If small pieces of it have begun to force their way away from the house, nail them into place. If any pieces have been broken or damaged, measure the lengths that will be needed for replacement and write them down. As you are walking around the house, be sure to check the doors and windows. Any damage that can not be easily repaired must be measured and written down on your list of items that need to be purchased.
Step 3: Check the Yard
After the house has been checked and fixed as best as possible without purchasing anything, walk around the yard and driveway and check for damage. If there are any broken branches, cut them off with a hand saw. Clean the yard as you go, making sure that no damage was sustained to the cement, bricks, or underground sprinkler systems. If damage is noticed, mark the needed items onto the list.
Step 4: Purchase the Necessary Items
Once the basic repairs and clean-up has been accomplished, go to the nearest home improvement store with your list and purchase all of the items that you need.
After the basic repairs have been done, slowly work into making the major repairs. Follow the list that you made throughout this process and begin making the repairs that will prevent the most problems, such as damaged roofs or broken windows. Leave the small repairs for later when time is not of the essence.