There is a lot of information available about how to repair hail damage. However, as everyone can agree, it’s always better to prevent the damage from happening in the first place.
Preventing hail damage, of course, begins with your roof. If your home’s roof features shingles without a Class 4 Rating, it’s at risk. This rating, issued by the Underwriters Laboratories organization, is given only to shingles that, during testing, were not cracked when hit by a large, steel ball. Though not a perfect testing method, there’s a pretty good chance that Class 4 rated shingles can withstand most hail storms.
Once your roof is protected- even if that means installing new shingles- there are things you can do on your own to reduce the risk of hail damage. You should always close curtains, blinds, and/or shades during or before a hail storm. That way, if hail does break your window, the hail and the broken glass aren’t likely to make it inside and do further damage.
And, of course, remember that you are more important than your home or your possessions. Keep yourself safe by staying indoors when possible during a hailstorm; if you get caught outdoors, take shelter immediately, and once secured, stay away from windows and other glass structures.
If you can follow these tips, you and your home can greatly increase the chances of staying safe and undamaged during a hail storm.