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How to assess and repair hail storm damage

Hail storms can damage property

Hail storms can cause serious damage to sheds and buildings, especially if your roof is old or made from less durable roofing materials. Taking steps to protect your roof from hail could give you greater peace of mind as winter approaches.

Dangers of Hail

Hail is one of the most unpredictable types of weather, as hail stones can range dramatically in size from small pieces of ice to larger stones that can cause serious damage when they impact on roofs and other parts of buildings. The extent of damage following hailstorms can therefore be difficult to predict in advance, and you will usually need to wait until after the storm has passed to inspect the damage and take steps to repair your roof.

Repairing Hail Damage

Carry out a thorough inspection of your roof by climbing a ladder only when the storm has passed and pooled water has dried, so there will be no danger of slipping. Carrying out a full risk assessment before you begin work on ladders is highly advised.

Any missing roof tiles or masonry should be located, as well as dents or cracks caused by the hail. You should also inspect other features of your home and garden for damage, such as fences and sidings.

If the damage to your roof or fence is extensive and you’re worried about further damage the next time it hails, you could consider a full replacement with a more resilient material such as corrugated roofing sheets.

Buying new roofing materials

If you’re looking for materials to fix up your roof, we have a wide range of roofing sheets and factory seconds available.


Image: “Hail” by Brennan Bearnes is licensed under CC BY 2.0