What To Look For If You Think Weekend Storms May Have Caused Minor Hail Damage

Hail during the weekend storms may have meant damage to some homes, but if it's not completely obvious to your car or roof, there are ways to look and see if you may need to file a claim.
By Monica Yantosh
myantosh@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- Hail during the weekend storms may have meant damage to some homes, but if it's not completely obvious to your car or roof, there are ways to look and see if you may need to file a claim.

"Water damage is one of the number one enemies of a home," Guy Davis at American Roofing said.

That water damage could come from hail damage to a roof, though Davis said just because there's hail doesn't mean there will be a leak. Still, he said it's not a bad idea to get it checked out if you're concerned.

"If you find lots of the granuales on the ground or pieces of pieces of shingles, that's kind of a tell-tale sign of 'Hey, at least let me get it inspected.'" Davis said.

He said most roofers will check your house, free of charge, if you are concerned there is damage, and he recommends you do bring out a professional, not just to keep you safe, but also to make sure everything is clear.

"There's no sense in generating a claim if you don't have any hail damage so get a good, reputable roofer to come out there and look at it and tell you, yes go ahead and turn it in or don't," Davis said.

Your roof may be hard to see and check yourself, but it's not the only place to check after hail comes through. If you check your car and there's no major damage, you may consider double checking to see if there is any minor or light damage from smaller hail.

"Typically, I walk up next to a car, in the front, and try to get in an angle where you can see a shadow or not sun coming down there, and you just kind of look across there and see if it's even. And you can tell if there's some little dings in there," Bart Reagor with Reagor Dykes Auto Group said.

Reagor said they're dealing with hail damage first hand, as both their Levelland and Amarillo dealerships have had some damage in the last few weeks. He said they will include that damage in reports to customers when it comes time for a sale.

"Saturday night, the big storm hail came through Levelland, some of the hail in Levelland was as big as baseball size, they said, so, we had two cars that had some glass damage, and some significant damage," Reagor said.

He also said that if you are currently in the market for a car, and you know there has recently been hail in the area, ask the dealer if the car has had any damage and the dealer should let you know. 

Both Davis and Reagor said they are willing to help anyone who has questions about if they have hail damage. You can find American Roofing here at their website, and here's a link to the Reagor Dykes Auto Group website, where you can find more information.

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