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Did the Recent Hail Storm in Oxford Damage My Roof? How to Check and What to Do Next

This past Saturday, Oxford was fortunate to escape major hail damage from a massive storm that passed through the area. However, a neighboring town, just 25 minutes away Batesville, MS, wasn't as lucky, experiencing several minutes of baseball-sized hail. If you're in a zone that experienced hail and are concerned about potential damage to your roof, it's crucial to know what signs to look for. Here are some quick tips to help you identify hail damage.

Identifying Hail Damage: Key Indicators

  • Shingles: The most obvious signs of hail damage are cracked, dented, or missing shingles. Hail can cause significant harm to shingles, reducing their lifespan and effectiveness.

  • Vent and Chimney Caps: Inspect your metal vent caps and chimney caps. Dents on these surfaces often indicate hail impact. These areas are particularly vulnerable and can give you a good idea of the extent of the damage.


  • Gutter Damage: Don't forget to check your gutters for dents and cracks. Hail can leave subtle but telltale signs on gutters, though these might not always be easily noticeable without a trained eye.

Proceeding with Caution: Consulting Your Insurance Agent:

Before rushing to file a claim, it's advisable to consult with your insurance agent. Ensure that filing a claim won't inadvertently affect your premiums or lead to the loss of any discounts. An open line of communication with your agent can provide valuable guidance on how to proceed without compromising your insurance terms.

In the aftermath of a storm, assessing your property for damage is a critical step. Being vigilant about these signs of hail damage can save you from future headaches and ensure your property remains in good condition. Remember, when in doubt, it's always best to consult a professional. If you suspect hail damage but aren't sure of the next steps, don't hesitate to reach out to your insurance agent for advice. They can help you navigate this situation effectively, keeping your best interests in mind.

For more detailed tips and insights, be sure to check out our interview with local Goosehood Insurance Agent Kyle Killens. Kyle brings additional expert advice and practical knowledge to help you through these challenging situations.