Dealing with Charlotte hail storms

Hail storms damage inspectionHow Hailstones Form

People rarely think of hailstorms in the middle of summer, but hail storm damage should be in the back of our minds. Most home and business owners do not even realize that the same weather conditions that can bring hurricanes and tropical storms, are ideal conditions for hail storms. Hail stones are formed when water droplets freeze high in the atmosphere. Rain droplets fall because of the force of gravity, but hail stones often fall with increased velocity as there are driven by high speed winds. This means that even the smallest hail stones can cause damage to cars, window, furniture, and roofs that are openly exposed.

Just as you know that certain clouds mean a thunderstorm is building, those same clouds provide ideal conditions for the development of hail storms. The scientific name for these clouds is cumulonimbus. They are present when great updrafts of warm air combines with downdrafts of cold air. Water droplets alternately freeze and thaw in the upper atmosphere, building layers of ice with each refreeze. Once they become too heavy to remain aloft, they fall to the ground as hailstones.

Measuring hailstone intensity

Just as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and other destructive forces of nature are measured by their intensity, the same is true for hail storms. The Tornado and Storm Research Organization (TORRO) has created an international scale that measures the destructive potential of hail storms, largely based upon the size of the hailstones. This hail scale is divided into 11 levels, beginning with H0, and ranging up to H10. H0-sized hail represents hard hail that may cause minimal or cosmetic damage to your home or property. H4-on the scale is significantly severe hail that has the potential to shatter glass and damage vehicles. H6-sized hail is capable of damaging brick and masonry. H9-sized hail is classified as a super hail storm, causing extensive structural damage to building and rooftops.

Comparing hailstorm to common items

Hailstones are often compared to common items in order for us to more easily comprehend their size. In linear terms, hailstones range from “pea-sized,” to hailstones as large as a softball. Ping pong ball-sized hail is the most common size for the Charlotte and Concord areas. The largest hailstone on record had a diameter of 7 inches. The heaviest hailstone on record was 1.67 lbs. Two costliest hail storm on record cause over 2 billion dollars in damages in Kansas City.

Hailstone detection

Meteorologists can use radar to locate the presence of potentially dangerous hail. However, hail storms develop and dissipate so quickly that there is often very little time to take action to prevent damage. Remember, hail storms can cause a devastating amount of damage in less than 10 minutes.

Hail Storm roofing experts in Charlotte and Concord NC

When choosing a roofing company that deals with hail storm damage, look for the best one in the area. Advanced Roofing and Exteriors is a long standing member of the Charlotte and Concord communities. They have decades of experience in dealing with the detection and repair of hail storm damage. They also specialize in other exterior home improvement projects, including replacement or 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 roofers in the Charlotte area.