Hail – one of the biggest reasons for replacing a roof – usually occurs between the months of April and October in North America.
Hail forms when water droplets clump together from atmospheric instability caused by strong storm systems or cold air masses that form ice crystals within a cloud. Hail can cause property damage to both homes and cars with its destruction ranging from dents on windows and roofs to shattered glass (depending on how hard it falls).
The size of hail is determined by where they fall; generally speaking, larger hailstones are found higher up in thunderstorm clouds than smaller ones at lower levels. HazardHub uses 1″ hail in creating our hail risk scores and grades.
What are some precautions property owners can take if they are in a Hail zone?
- Park your car in a garage, if possible. Hail can completely wreck your car. If there’s a storm and you live in an area of elevated hail risk, getting the car under a roof can save you the pain of fixing and potentially replacing your car.
- If you live in an area that is prone to hailstorms, or hail is forecasted in your area, then anything on the exterior of your home and property left outdoors may be at risk for hail damage, such as vehicles, patio furniture, and landscaping.
- Maintaining the integrity of your roof is critical, as a good roof will help prevent additional damage (like water) from the insde of your property. Use impact resistant, Class 4 shingles on your roof, if possible.