The damage inflicted by hail storms depends largely on the size of the hailstones. Hailstone sizes usually average from a pea size, to as big as a nickel. However, hailstones have also been recorded to be as large as a baseball or even a softball. Hailstones cause a lot of damage to automotive vehicles, aircraft, structures, crops, and livestock.
More often than not, it is the roof which takes the brunt of the hail storm damage. Severe hail storms can even cause cracks in skylights and leaks in the roof. Metal roofs are the most resistant to damage from the hailstorms. In addition to home and vehicle damage, hail storms can also cause other problems for the community such as:
- Electricity or power outages.
- Physical injury to people and pets
- Devastating crop damage
- Hail storms are a threat to flying aircraft
Unpredictability of hail
It is a very common occurrence that hail storms are a by-product of thunderstorms. Within these storms, the presence of cold air creates a narrow zone in which hail stones are formed. The accumulation of hailstones can be detected via satellite or radar, but the actual hail storms do not last for a lengthy period of time. The average duration of a hail storm is about 10-15 minutes. There have been many instances in which thousands of homes have been left without power. Hailstorms can also contribute to flash floods.
Protecting yourself from hail storms
Every summer season, many Charlotte residents are affected by hailstorms. The best thing to do is to make sure that your vehicles and property is covered when possible, and once you have experienced a hail storm, make sure that exposed property such as your roof and siding are professionally inspected and repairs are made to prevent future problems. For your own personal safety, when a hail storm is apparent, be sure to take cover in doors.
Hail Storm roofing inspection in Charlotte, NC
When choosing a roofing company that deals with hail storm damage, you want to find the best one in the area. Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a longtime member of the Charlotte community, and they have decades of experience in dealing with the local weather extremes. They also specialize in numerous exterior home improvement projects, including the repair of siding that has been damaged by hail. They are certified installers for Certainteed, GAF, Owens Corning and Tamko roofing products. They carry an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have received multiple years Super Service Awards from Angie’s List. Call them today for a free estimate from one of the best hail storm roofers in the Charlotte area.