What is Hail?
Within the United States, hailstorm commonly occurs within Hail Alley, an area compromised of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas. In Cheyenne, Wyoming, it experiences more than 10 hailstorms a year -more than any other city.
Hailstorms typically occur throughout May and September but based on NOAA’s National Weather Service’s Annual Severe Weather Report Summaries for the years, 2016 to 2019, most hailstorms occur in May and June. However, this does not mean that hail will not form outside of this time period mentioned earlier. With the right weather conditions for hail, hail can and will happen at any time.
How Does Hail Form?
Hail forms in thunderstorms when updrafts blow rain up to low temperature atmosphere, allowing the rain droplets to freeze. These hailstones grow in size as they collide with water droplets that freeze on contact. There are two ways for hailstones to fall from the sky, with the first being weight.
When a hailstone has grown large enough, its weight will no longer be supported by the updraft caused by the thunderstorm that allows them to stay in the air. This will cause the hailstones to fall, leading to a hailstorm. The second method is when the updraft loses its velocity, it can no longer support the hailstones in the air which allows them to fall.
Consequences of Hail
Throughout the years, hail has wrecked a devastating amount of damage across the United States.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), in the past 5 years, most hail damage incurred in a year were greater than $700 million, with the highest being in 2016. The total damage incurred then to properties and crops was $3,536.4. In 2019, there was a total of 5,396 hail storm reports as related by NOAA’s National Weather Service.
An interesting car hail damage repair fact: On July 11, 1990, softball-sized hail wreaked havoc on roofs and cars in Denver, Colorado, costing property owners about $625 million in damage. In just one day alone, that hailstorm was almost able to surpass the yearly average of $758,000,000 in damage from 2016 to 2019.
With that said, as predictable as hailstorms are with weather forecasting, the damage suffered to your property remains a mystery until after the hailstorm.
However, one thing can be said for sure: if your car was exposed during a hailstorm, your car will need hail damage repair.
What is Paintless Dent Repair for Car Damage?
Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) is an advanced restorative technique for removing dents, dings, and body creases of various sizes. At Hail Specialists, we specialize in repairing all hail damage via PDR.
During the PDR process, our technicians use unique PDR lights to carefully inspect your car for dents made from hail. After identifying all dents, our technicians will carefully massage them back into place. Next, they use special PDR tools to massage the exterior until it returns to its initial look.
Knowledgeable specialists use PDR because it saves time and maintains your car’s value. There’s no need for bonding, sanding, or repainting which will devalue a car. The technician just pushes the metal from the inside until the panel returns to its original shape.
Other common methods for auto hail damage repair include using body filler on your auto vehicle, where specialists apply a filler over the surface destroyed by hail, and the Remove and Replace (R & R) method, where technicians take off all damaged panels and replace them with new ones.
You Can Trust Us for All Your Car Hail Damage Repair Needs
Our experts have over 200 years of combined expertise and experience. If hail has damaged your car, put your mind at ease by using our trusted services. We take care of everything, so you don’t have to.
At Hail Specialists, we handle your insurance process, pay your deductible, and repair your car in under 3 days!