How to Prepare Your Roof and House for Hailstorms

Hail from Highland, Michigan 2014 hailstorms

When it comes to summer weather, a lot of us have a blind spot for the stormy weather that can sometimes hit out of nowhere. Michigan is not immune to high winds, heavy rains, hailstorms or even occasional tornadoes.

In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oakland County, Michigan suffered $25 million in damage from hailstorms from 4/30/2012 to 4/30/2017.

How Do You Prepare for Hailstorms?

It’s always a good idea to check out your home after a big storm to see what might need to be fixed. It’s just as wise to look ahead of time to find out if your home has any weak spots a storm might make worse. If you can limit the damage, you will be in much better shape as summer heads into fall.

Windows and Hailstorms

Hailstorms damaged screen
Hail damaged screen

There isn’t much you can do to prevent hail from reaching your windows if the wind speed and direction is right. A big enough piece of hail will probably break a window. One solution is to look into strong tempered glass to minimize the damage.

Another option is to have shutters designed to be closed over the outside of your windows when a big storm hits. They could also provide added insulation in winter.

Additionally, if a hailstorm is headed your way, close any window curtains to contain broken glass if the windows break.

Preventative Roof Maintenance

The things you have to fear for your roof are not limited to denting due to hail. If there is already a weakness in your roofing system – warped or cracked shingles, buckling shingles, or poorly constructed seams – a big storm will make it worse. The last thing you want is to discover a leak in the middle of a storm.

Preventative maintenance is the best way to go. Have an annual inspection and fix any problems right away. That way, if the hail comes, your roof will have a better chance of withstanding the punishment.

Landscaping and Hailstorms

Trim tree branches away from roofWhat does landscaping have to do with getting prepared for a hailstorm? Even if we don’t always get hail, we do get high winds here in Michigan. Mostly, those two things go together. If a bunch of hail doesn’t do in your roof, a fallen tree, tree branch, or wild debris could do quite a number.

You want to make sure you have any nearby trees assessed before they could fall in on your roof. It is better to get them trimmed now before a storm hits.

Upgrade Your Materials

More expensive, more durable materials are less likely to dent, break or give out under pressure. If you’re at a point where you’re choosing siding, roofing materials, windows or doors, don’t just consider the cheapest option. Instead, investigate if what you’re choosing can withstand years and years of high winds, storms, and yes – occasional hail damage.


No set of practices are foolproof for making your house impervious to hailstorms damage. However, taking these precautions will give you the peace of mind that you have done everything you can to make sure your house and roof is battened down.

If you are located in the Southeast Michigan area, we are here to help. Please call today to find out more about preventative roof maintenance.

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