Home Improvement: Storm Damage

Mar 23, 2017


Spring in Iowa brings all kinds of weather - warm sunshine, high winds, severe thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes. Severe weather can do a number on roofs, siding and windows.

So, let’s say a hail storm hits your house. How do you know when it’s time to call the insurance company?

Home improvement expert Bill McAnally says that the first thing you want to do is see what size the hail was. If it was 3/4 of an inch or an inch, esp an inch or above, you probably have some damage. 

"Look at where the downspouts empty the water into your yard and see if there's a lot of granules there," he says. "When you get hail damage, or sometimes real heavy rain, it'll tear the granules off the shingles, and then it'll come out the gutters into the downspouts and out into your yard."

"If there's pieces of shingles, actual chunks, that’s a sign either now or previously you’ve had some damage. If there’s chunks of shingles there, you want to have it looked at anyway."

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe sits down with home improvement expert Bill McAnally to get some pointers on how to assess storm damage and how to manage the next steps.