Interesting facts about hail storms

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There are few weather conditions that are as unique and as destructive as hail storms. A hail storm is when various sized balls of ice fall in significant quantities during a storm. These balls of ice are commonly known as hail stones. They are crudely and uniquely shaped as droplets of rainwater gather together and are frozen in the upper atmosphere. Hail storms are not exactly storms; they are a by product of a thunderstorm. In fact, hailstorms always originate in thunderclouds. This is why both hail and rainwater fall together during the storm.

Explaining hail storms

It is important to realize that even though hail is ice balls formed in the upper atmosphere, Hail storms are also very common in many tropical regions of the world. However, tropical hailstorms are not usually as severe or destructive as those we face in the Charlotte and Concord region. In fact, these smaller hailstorms are happily welcomed by people in tropical and monsoon regions, after a long and dry summer. In this region; thunderclouds and hail storms are an ominous threat to our homes, property, and our roofing systems. While they are destructive in nature, hail storms are a form of precipitation just like snow and rain, and they are unpredictable and unavoidable.

A destructive force

The ice balls that fall during a hailstorm can fall with great force. Some hail stones can be small in diameter, but are driven by wind, and can hit the ground and your home with great velocity. The average hailstone can range in size from 5 to 150 millimeters in diameter. Weather agencies, news departments, and most media organizations do not refer to the size of hailstones in millimeters; they refer to objects of comparison such as coins like pennies, dimes, or dollars. Other common references include peas, golf balls, and even baseballs.

Hail storm season

In the United States, the hailstorm season generally lasts from March to October. Hailstorms rarely last for more than 15 minutes, yet in such a short period of time, they can cut a destructive path through entire neighborhoods. The average duration of a hail storm is about 6 minutes. Hailstones that are ½ an inch or more in diameter is a serious issue that causes a substantial amount of damage to your home and your roof. Hail storms are a natural phenomenon that commonly becomes an unavoidable disaster that threatens livestock, pets, humans, and property. The Charlotte, North Carolina region repeatedly suffers from hailstorms. During hailstorm season, it is important to have an effective plan for recovery and remedy. When it comes to your roof, make sure you have the number of a reputable and reliable Charlotte roofing contractor for inspection and repairs.

Hail Storm roofing experts 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 roofers in the Charlotte area.