The Northeast is rarely spared from weather events.  We seem to have them all: tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and blizzards…it’s a wonder our homes are still standing.  Luckily, most of the severe weather we experience is most often a nuisance rather than a city-wide disaster.  Still, for those of us who have lived through a horrific storm and dealt with the aftermath, it’s always a good reminder to be thankful for the safety of you and your family.

All storms have the potential to cause damage, but hail is one event that can cause damage on a large scale.  Hail, on average, falls to the earth at over 100 miles per hour.  From an elevation of 30,000 feet, it hits anything in its way.  Homes, businesses, trees, cars, and people are no match for those little balls of ice whether it’s ‘pea-sized’ or ‘baseball-sized’ hail. 

This time of year, our office gets many calls regarding hail damage.  Most often, the hail has punched through a roof or broken windows.  Sometimes, though, the homeowner is not aware of hail in the area and the damage goes unnoticed until the time in which they return home.  Hail melts pretty fast, and if you aren’t aware that there was hail in the area, you may not know to check for damage.  Your best bet, whenever you think a bad storm went through your neighborhood, is to inspect the home for problems. 

Here are 5 ways you can check for hail damage next time you suspect it in the area:

  1. Get your mail: Most mailboxes are made of thin steel and will dent if the hail is large enough.  Chances are if your mailbox is dented, then your roof or home may have damage as well.
  2. Take a walk: Walk the perimeter of your home.  If you have vinyl siding, hail can easily make an impact.  Look at neighbors’ cars and homes for damage, as well. 
  3. Step back: If possible, step away from the property in order to take a look at the roof.  You may be able to visibly see storm damage.   Check your home’s windows for cracks or to see if they are broken.
  4. Look up: When you are inside, take a look at your ceiling and inspect it for water damage.  If you have water marks or staining, it is possible your roof has been compromised by hail or wind damage.
  5. Phone a friend: If all else fails, and you suspect a storm harmed your home, call a nearby neighbor or friend that may have been home. 

The point of checking the well-being of your property is to prevent further damage if there is a problem.  For instance, you can call the experts at LaPointe Construction Board Up Service if your windows are cracked or broken from hail, storm, and wind damage.  Our Board Up Service will secure your home, keeping it protected from the elements until your window can be repaired.  We can secure roof damage and property damage with boards and tarps.

When you experience storm damage call us at 978-447-5991.  Our Board Up Service will secure your home until repairs are complete.  Learn more us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction.