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From Assessment to Repair: A Guide to Handling Hail Damage

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A Guide for Handling Hail Damage to Your Roof

As the owner of Level Up Roofing, LLC, my team and I have seen firsthand the havoc hail storms can wreak on properties. Drawing from years of experience, this guide is designed to navigate you through the process of assessing and repairing hail damage, ensuring your property is restored to its optimal condition.

The Initial Steps Following Hail Damage

The moments after a hail storm are critical. Immediate steps involve a thorough inspection to assess the extent of the damage. It’s advisable to document all damages with photographs and notes, as these will be invaluable during the insurance claim process.

Engaging with roofing professionals for a roof inspection is a pivotal next step. We are GAF© Certified and our roofing expertise can help identify the not so obvious damages. Ensuring a comprehensive assessment is produced.

Understanding the Impact of Hail Damage on Your Roof

Hail damage can manifest in various forms – from visible dents and cracks on asphalt shingles to less apparent harm like the loss of granules, which compromises the roof’s integrity. Identifying these damages early can prevent more severe issues down the line. It’s not just about the aesthetic aspect; hail damage can lead to significant roofing problems, affecting everything from water resistance to thermal insulation. Knowing what to look for is the first step in mitigating these issues and extending the life of your roof.

The impact of hail damage can vary greatly depending on the storm’s severity, the size of the hailstones, and the type of roofing material used. For instance, metal roofs may exhibit different symptoms of damage compared to asphalt shingle roofs. Regardless of the material, the aftermath of a hail storm requires a meticulous inspection to uncover all potential damages. This is where professional expertise becomes invaluable. Roofing specialists can identify subtle signs of damage that homeowners might overlook.

Immediate action following a hail event can save homeowners from costly repairs down the road. Water infiltration, one of the most significant risks associated with hail damage, can lead to mold, mildew, and structural damage if not addressed promptly. By understanding the common signs of hail damage, homeowners can take proactive steps to ensure their homes remain safe and secure.

  • Visible dents and cracks on shingles or metal roofing
  • Loss of granules, exposing the roof felt
  • Cracked or broken tiles
  • Damage or dents on roof vents, flashing, or gutters
  • Missing shingles
  • Bruised or soft spots on asphalt shingles when pressed
  • Water leaks in your attic or ceiling
  • Dislodged or damaged roof accessories and penetrations

These signs of damage not only affect the roof’s performance but can also lead to interior damage if water seeps through cracks and openings. Therefore, conducting a thorough inspection after a hailstorm is essential for maintaining the structural integrity of your home.

Navigating the Insurance Claims Process

Filing an insurance claim can seem daunting, but it’s a necessary step in mitigating hail damage. Promptly contacting your insurance provider to report the damage is very important. An adjuster will be sent by the insurance company to evaluate the extent of the damage. It’s beneficial to have a trusted contractor present during this evaluation to ensure all damages are accurately accounted for.

Selecting the Right Contractor for Hail Damage Repairs

Choosing a contractor is perhaps the most significant decision in the hail damage repair process. It’s essential to select a contractor who is not only knowledgeable but also transparent and reliable. Level Up Roofing, LLC prides itself on being GAF© certified, a testament to our commitment to quality and trustworthiness.

Here are critical considerations when selecting a contractor:

  • Ensure the contractor is licensed and insured.
  • Look for certifications and accreditations, such as GAF© certification.
  • Check for reviews and ask for references to gauge past performance.
  • Review what kind of warranties the contractor provides.

How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim with My Insurance Company?

The timeframe for filing a claim varies by insurance policy, but generally, homeowners have one year from the date of the hail storm to file a claim. Early action is advisable to ensure the process is smooth and does not impinge on the possibility of repairs.

What Happens If I Don’t Have My Roof Repaired?

Foregoing necessary repairs can lead to compounded issues over time, including leaks, structural damage, and ultimately, a significant reduction in your property’s value. Timely repairs are needed to preserve the integrity and longevity of your roof.

Comprehensive Repair Strategies

Once the damage has been assessed and the insurance claim processed, the actual repair work begins. At Level Up Roofing, LLC, our approach is thorough, addressing not only the visible damages but also potential vulnerabilities to prevent future issues. This comprehensive strategy ensures your roof’s durability against future storms.

Preventive Measures for Future Hail Storms

While it’s impossible to prevent hail storms, there are measures you can take to minimize potential damage:

  • Regular roof inspections to identify and address vulnerabilities.
  • Installation of hail-resistant roofing materials.
  • Trimming trees and securing loose yard items to prevent them from becoming projectiles.

Incorporating these measures can significantly reduce the impact of future hail storms on your property.


Handling hail damage efficiently involves a series of well-thought-out steps, from immediate post-storm actions to selecting the right contractor for repairs. At Level Up Roofing, LLC, we understand the stress and frustration that can accompany hail damage. Our goal is to alleviate that stress by providing expert guidance and high-quality repair services.

Remember, the key to effective hail damage recovery is prompt action. By quickly assessing the damage, engaging with your insurance company, and choosing a reputable contractor, you can help ensure your property is restored to its pre-damage condition.

As a GAF© certified contractor, Level Up Roofing, LLC is committed to excellence in every project we undertake. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of hail damage repair and ensure your home is protected for years to come. Trust us to elevate the standard of your roof repair and maintenance needs.


About the Author

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Michael Tadajeski

Owner of Level Up Roofing - GAF Certified Roofing Expert

With a background in general contracting, Michael experiences spans new construction, restoration, and repairs. Simply put, Michael is an expert in the field of making sure things are built correctly. He’s been a GAF© certified contractor since 2023.