Hail Damage – Residential Insurance Claims Can be Difficult

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Gregory P. Raab

Gregory P. Raab, Public Adjusting and Disaster Recovery Services

Public Adjusting and Disaster Recovery Services

Following a major storm, a potentially serious, yet difficult-to-detect, type of residential property damage is hail damage. Often following a hailstorm, home owners don’t realize that their property has suffered hail damage. As a result a residential hail damage insurance claim may not be filed promptly.

It is prudent to investigate your home for hail damage soon after a hailstorm. Check to see if trees or flowers on the property are damaged, if cars parked in the open are dented, or if any of the buildings’ windows are cracked. Window and door screens, siding, and air conditioners should also be closely inspected.

Roofs normally sustain the most costly hail damage, yet hail damage to asphalt shingle roofs is often not immediately recognized. It may take up to three years after a hailstorm for a roof to leak. For flat roofs, unless the hail is quite large (baseball size or more), it may be even harder to detect the damage until much later; which can have an impact on any residential hail damage insurance claim.

HailResidential insurance claims for hail damage, as with other types of property insurance claims, require a prompt notice to the insurance company. It is important that the scope of damage be identified early on in order to support a successful a hail damage claim. Even if hail has seriously damaged exterior surfaces, it may not be visible to the untrained eye. Expert examination may be needed to identify damage.

Adjusters International assists in preparing, negotiating and settling your hail damage insurance claim. Our public adjusters are trained in how to evaluate hail damage and record the full extent of your loss.

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