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A large hail storm can wreak significant damage to your home. Or…it can do nothing at all. Most people think that hail damage to your roof is easy to spot, expecting holes in the roof or huge dents/breaks in your siding that are spotted from a block away.

It is not that simple, especially when you don’t feel good about climbing up on your roof to check for damage. Many homeowners will go a lifetime without getting on their roof. Climbing a ladder to inspect a roof isn’t something most people want to do, or feel safe doing, which is OK.

It’s not the safest thing in the world to climb onto and walk on a roof, and its a waste of time if you don’t know what you are looking for. The truth is, it is always best to have a licensed local contractor inspect your home, but there are some things you can look out for. We have listed 5 things to look for if you had a hail storm come through your town.

1) Check Your Roof Vents
If you have metal box vents on your roof, just back up and look at them. When they look like they have been hit a few times with a small hammer, you probably have hail damage. If you can’t see them clear enough, consider using a camera’s zoom feature to help out.

2) Look at Your Window Trim
Check the wraps around your windows and look for hail shaped dents. Wood, Vinyl, and Metal window trim can dent and/or break from hail. If you see dents or breaks in your window wraps, then there is most likely damage to other places of your home, like Gutters, Siding, and Roofing.

3) Check your Gutters
Same as your window wraps, look at your gutters around your entire house. Small round dents on your gutters is a sure sign of hail damage.

4) Check your Fascia
You know that piece of material that hangs just under the edge of your roof – that is the Fascia. Walk around your home and check the Fascia for round dents, or small dents in a splatter pattern. That camera zoom may come in handy here too.

5) Check your Siding
Are you seeing a pattern here? Check your siding for small round dents, cracks or holes. This kind of damage, along with window damage, roofing damage and gutter damage, can be extremely dangerous to your home if left unrepaired.

If hail can do damage to wood, metal, and vinyl on your roof, windows, siding, and fascia, just imagine what it could do to the softer shingles on your roof. If you have done these things, and still don’t know for sure if you have any storm damage, have a professional inspect your home to be sure.

XL Contracting is a trusted local company that will never We are always available for a FREE inspection. We are happy to come out and do a thorough inspection – even up on the roof – so you know exactly what damage, if any, the hail storm caused. We will then discuss all of your options so you can make an educated decision for any necessary repairs.