PROTECTING YOUR HOME AND PROPERTY BEFORE A STORM HITS
Check your Insurance Policy
Talk to your home insurance broker/review your insurance policy and what coverage exists in regards to hail and wind damage
Protect your Car
Park your vehicle in a garage or carport. If you cannot, to help minimize the impact of hail, you can cover your car with a thick blanket
If possible, avoid driving your car in the hail – the impact is stronger when your car is in motion.
Regularly inspect your roof to keep it free from defects and in good condition
Outdoor Units Protection
Install protective shields for equipment such as HVAC units and install coverings for your roof and skylights
Protect your Windows
Close all windows/doors during a hail storm and where you can, install impact-resistant shutters over all large windows and glass doors
If you have any patio furniture, BBQs, bikes, toys, etc. in your yard, make sure to secure or relocate them. In addition to being damaged, with the high winds that accompany hailstorms, these items could become projectiles.
Choose Resistant Materials
When replacing your roof or exterior finishing, use materials that can help to mitigate damage to your home.
Subscribe to severe weather alert notifications so you can know when and where a hail or windstorm is expected to hit.
The following are samples of roofing materials that are windstorm and hail resistant:
The following are samples of exterior finishing materials that are windstorm and hail resistant:
Did you know? Hail is formed when updrafts in thunderclouds carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere, where they freeze and merge into lumps of ice. When the lumps become too heavy to be supported by the updraft, they fall to the ground at speeds of up to 100 km/h or more.