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According to the Washington Post, in the past 25 years Texas has had 36 storm disasters that cost in excess of $100 000 each. This statistic is scary enough, but what’s interesting is that only 5 of these were as a result of tornadoes, while the damages of the rest were all thanks to hail. 

 

In 2018 Texas had more hail damage insurance claims than it ever had in previous years. 

 

On average, Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas, will experience at least 3 serious hailstorms in a year. Below we take a look at what to look out for to assess the hail damage on your Dallas home after a storm.

 

Inside your home

While the bulk of hail damage is likely to manifest on the outside of the home, you will be able to find some evidence of damage inside your home too. You’ll want to look for water stains on your ceiling, interior walls, and cupboards, as well as mold and any water seepage. If you notice any of these, chances are your roof was compromised during the storm.  

 

The great outdoors

Inspecting on the ground first will give you a good indication of what may potentially by awaiting you on top. Start by checking your gutters and downsprouts, sidings, windowsills and window casings. Keep in mind that even minor damage on the ground may be a sign of greater damage to your roof.

 

Up you go

Of course you can’t full inspect damage to your roof without actually going up to check the roof out. We must caution you to make sure you do this in a safe way, and certainly only after you’re certain the storm has passed. If safety is a concern, it would be wise to get professional roofers in Dallas in to assess the damage.

 

If you opt to do it yourself, make sure to check not only the roof itself for dents and irregularities, but also other things like vents, chimneys and sky lights. Here’s what damage may look like on various types of roofs: 

 

Asphalt and composition shingles – Look for soft, dark rings on the surface and missing granules that could expose the roof’s mat. 

 

Wood shingles – Looks for brown splits in the shingles as well as dents and or cracks on the surface of the wood. 

 

Concrete, clay and metal tiles – Look for cracks on the surface, which ought to be more apparent that with other materials. Stone-covered metal may also suffer loose or missing granules. 

 

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