It is estimated that hail damage in the United States is about $1 billion annually. That is because hailstones cause lots of damages to property. They fall with so much force, even if they last few minutes, that homeowners have to file claims for insurance due to damages to their property. These hailstones can be quite small or as big as a bowling ball. Their extent of damage might depend on their density, weight and shape, with some falling at the speed of 120 mph. One of the things you should never do during a hailstorm is to go and check for damages to your roof. You would be putting yourself at risk. One of the first things you should do is to contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. For more do’s and don’ts, you should read the article. You could look for hail damage in the following areas when the storm is finished: roof, gutters, windows, and air conditioning system.

Key Takeaways:

  • The largest hailstones on record was eight inches across, although they can be as small as a pea.
  • A good rule of thumb is never to venture outside during, or directly after, a hailstorm.
  • Most insurance policies do cover hail damage and its best to hang onto receipts, even for temporary measures, like covering windows.

“Although a hailstorm usually lasts only a few minutes, it can cause tremendous damage to your property, because hailstones tend to fall with such force.”

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