Prevent hail damage and prepare for a hailstorm
Preventing roof damage
- Check for curling shingles and small leaks that could lead to larger problems.
- Trim tree branches so they don’t rub on the roof.
- Remove debris from your roof, gutters and downspouts.
- Repair or replace your roof to make it stronger and more weather-resistant.
During a hailstorm
- Park your car in a garage or next to a building.
- Close windows and drapes to prevent broken glass from flying inside.
- Stay indoors, away from skylights and doors.
If you’re driving during a hailstorm
- Turn on your headlights (low beams) and slow down.
- Allow extra distance for braking.
- If possible, pull into a garage or under a shelter to minimize hail damage.
After a hailstorm
- Check your home and car for any potential hail damage.
- If you find glass damage in your house or car, carefully remove any glass from the interior and cover the damaged area to prevent further water damage.
- Keep in mind that hail can be a warning sign for tornadoes. If the sky is getting dark and you start to hear a loud roar, take shelter in case a tornado is on its way.