Should I Re-Paint My Home After A Hail Storm?

Damage from hail in the Twin Cities

A powerful thunderstorm raced into the Twin Cities from the west Sunday morning, bringing heavy rain, thunder, and strong winds, ripping down trees and causing property damage. Hail in many Twin Cities communities was so thick that it resembled several inches of snow. Power outages have been reported to affecting nearly 100,000 people. 

So how is your home doing? 

Many homes and neighborhoods were pummeled with hail damage, cars were beat up, roofs were torn apart and paint was destroyed. Below are a couple tweets from around the local news media. 

How do I deal with hail damage to my home?

Make sure you have the right facts when seeking repairs to your home after a hailstorm. Hail damage can be extremely destructive to your exterior paint job and cause stress and hassle as you seek to repair the damage.

If visual damage from hail is not evident, that does not mean that it has not caused damage that will pay for later on. Hail of all sizes can cause issues. The best thing to do is to get an evaluation to ensure that you are covered by your insurance provider is your home has experienced hail damage. If your home was potentially up for sale soon, a potential buyer will likely utilize the services of a home inspector who will carefully evaluate your property. It is highly likely they will find signs of hail damage if left unaddressed. 

Fact: Upon placing your home on the market, a potential buyer will likely utilize the services of a home inspector who will carefully evaluate your property. It’s highly likely that they will find evidence of the hail damage and you’ll be forced to either replace the roof or dramatically lower the sale price if you wish to keep the sale intact.

Hail Damage To The Exterior Of The Home

Hail damage will show up differently depending on they type of building material that is damaged from the storm.  Here's a look below at some pointers to help identify if you need some help restoring your home back to a healthy state.

Metals including aluminum and steel will have Indentations in the metal consistent with the size of the hail.  

Pro tip:  Damaged metal can be hard to see especially if you are not in a good natural light situation.  Look at any areas in question at different times of the day as the damage may show up only under certain lighting conditions. You can run your hand along any metal material including window trims and window screens to feel for any indentations in the metal material. 

Painted wood products including siding, fences, window trims, etc. This damage will look like chips to the paint or missing paint knocked away by the hail. 

Pro tip:  Pay close attention to any trim that protrudes away from the house as the hail is more likely to damage these areas. Look for swirl marks where the hail has impacted the wood.  Freshly damaged wood usually shows up as lighter in color while older damage is gray in color. 

Damage to Vinyl will look like holes or cracks in the vinyl material.  Pay close attention to vinyl window frames and vinyl siding. For windows that are not visible on the ground, try and open the window from inside the house and look for any visible damage. Hail storms can be sneaky and penetrate where you might not think to look.  

Other hail damage evidence to look for

Some hail damage is easy to observe, some simply is not. You'll have to put on your investigator hat in order to find it all, but here are some tips. 

  1. Don't forget metal fence caps. (This one is easy to observe but often overlooked).
  2. Hail damage to metal garage doors, sidings, or trims. This damage can be hard to spot without proper natural light. Take a peek at it during different times of the day and record with your camera. A high-power flashlight should help you in certain areas and when all else fails, give it the hand brush test.
  3. Hail damage to wood on your deck, fences, siding and other areas should not be overlooked. Large damage will present itself quickly, but the smaller damage will require that inspector mode to find it. Indentations, missing paint or stained areas. If it's new, it will be bright in color and freshly chipped away.
  4. Metal sheds and awnings take a beating. Sheds are easy if you just go inside and look up during high sun; you'll see indentations everywhere. Awnings are bit trickier and may require that high-powered flashlight again. Mark them with painters tape so you don't lose sight of them.
  5. Hail damage to aluminum or metal window trims. They look nice and are cost-effective but hail can easily make life a bit more challenging for you on these surfaces. Run your hand over these areas to quickly identify dents and dings.

Call a painting company near me

Lastly, seek the advice of your local painting professional for the best advice to go about repairing your hail damaged home to new. Whether you're staying or selling, hail and storm damage can cause a financial headache after the damage is done. 

Interested in hail and storm damage information by city? Check out this MN Hail Damage Map.