Follow these recommendations to reduce hail damage in hail-prone areas.
Ensure roof is in good condition
Choose impact-rated roofing products
When building or re-roofing, select materials that are impact rated by UL 2218 or FM 4473 as Class 3 or 4. These standards are recognized by any roofer or building materials store and indicate the material has been tested for impact resistance.
Choose steep-sloped roofs
If possible, select a home with a steep-sloped roof, as low-sloped and flat roofs suffer more severe hail damage.
Select impact-rated skylights
Select impact-rated skylights that meet FM Approval Standard 4431 or ASTM E1996 large missile impact rating.
Select fiber-cement siding
Select fiber-cement siding where aluminum or vinyl siding would otherwise be used because it is more resilient to hail.
Close drapes, blinds, or window shades
Close drapes, blinds, or window shades during a severe hailstorm to keep wind from blowing broken glass inside.