Like tornadoes and hurricanes, hail is a major source of damage to homes and vehicles during a storm. This may not be obvious at first glance, though. In addition to small dents on the roof of your home, hail may puncture small holes that result in a loss of heat and even major leaks. If you suspect that hail has caused significant damage to your roof, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Take a look below at three tips to consider after a nasty hailstorm. 

Avoid Do-It-Yourself Roofing Repairs

Because it may take the insurance claims adjuster a few days to show up and inspect your property, you may be tempted to get out a trusty ladder and climb up on the roof yourself to see what you can do about the damage. But the often hidden nature of hail damage makes this a more dangerous prospect than you might think. A single busted shingle can easily cause you to slip and fall, resulting in major injuries. Save yourself the time and effort (and maybe a few broken bones), and leave all the roof work to contractors, like those at Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters, who are experienced in fixing damaged roofs. 

Contact Your Insurance Company ASAP

As soon as you realize that damage has been done to your roof, contact your home insurance company. The more time that elapses between the storm and your filing increases the chances that the insurance company will dismiss your claim. To make the process as smooth as possible, you'll want to document every detail you come across, whether it's a broken shingle or a dent the size of your thumb. If you need to make immediate repairs that aren't on the roof, such as dents in the siding, do so. But save every receipt so that you can provide proof of purchase to the claims adjuster.

Talk with a Contractor about Materials

Once you've settled a claim with the insurance company, it's time to speak with a contractor. Because contractors are knowledgeable about different types of roofing materials, ask which one they suggest in order to prevent hail damage in the future. Asphalt shingles, while cheap, are more vulnerable to damage during a storm than metal roofing or composite tiles. Though you may be forced to pay more up front for sturdier roofing material, have no doubt that during the next storm, you'll be grateful you did.