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What Does Hail Damage Look Like?

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Most everyone has seen hail, but that does not entirely mean that they know they have hail damage or what it looks like. Hail damage can be hard to spot for an untrained eye. Damages from hail might not be visible right away, but just because you can’t see the damage, does not mean that it is not present.


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Hail causes about $1 billion dollars in losses for crops and property each year, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Large hail is specified as at least 1 inch in diameter, which is roughly the size of a quarter. Hail that is this size or even larger is capable of very notable property destruction.

Here at Aspen we have a list of hints on where and what to look for, for hail damage so you can start keeping an eye out today! When attempting to visualize hail sizes, think of these well-known objects to help differentiate hailstones and their diameter:

Pea  = 1/4-inch, Peanut = 1/2-inch, Penny = 3/4-inch,

Nickel = 7/8-inch, Quarter = 1 inch, Half Dollar = 1½  inches,

Golf Ball = 1 ¾ inches, Tennis Ball = 2½ inches,

Baseball = 2¾ inches, Apple = 3 inches, Softball = 4 inches,

Look for little dings, dents, dimples, cracks, chips or holes in these areas listed below

  • Siding- (Dented or Dinged)
  • Roof Ventilation – (Dented)
  • Hail Hits on Shingles – (Bruises/ Holes)
  • Gutters & Downspouts – (Dented, Scraped, or Dinged)
  • Windowsills/Window Covers/Casings – (Dented or Scraped)
  • Doors/Glass – (Dented or Broken)
  • Paint Damage/Stain Damage
  • Cracks in Outdoor Furniture
  • Multiple Hail Damaged Cars in Neighborhood
  • Mailbox Damage – (Dented, Dinged or Cracked)
  • Hail Splatter Marks on Driveway
  • Garage/Shed Door – (Dents/Dings)
  • Dented Dryer Vents or Wall Vents
  • Dented Coil Fins AC Condenser/Heat Pump
  • Fencing / Decks – (Scrapes or Splintered Wood)
  • Gutter Leaf Guard – (Deformation and Tears)
  • Granules in Gutters
  • Skylights – (Broken/Cracked)
  • Metal Roof and Chimney Covers – (Dented) 
  • Missing Shingles /Wind Damaged/Loose Shingles
  • Wood Shingles – (Split or Dented)
  •  Slate/Clay Tiles – (Cracked or Broken)

Note: When climbing or examining any roof it can be dangerous. See any of these signs? Call Aspen today to set up a free inspection (877-784 – ROOF) or visit our Contact Page.

To learn more information on hail damage please check out these websites, NOAA or III.

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