Great Balls of Ice

Ever seen a grapefruit-sized hailstone? Well, if you live in an area that’s prone to hail, such as east of the Rocky Mountains, you know it exists, and how serious a hailstorm warning can be.
But what is a hailstone? It’s a ball of ice created in a super cell thunderstorm, weighing anywhere from a gram to well over a pound, and traveling at terminal velocities of 75 to 120mph. Hailstones the size of a golf ball may dent cars and damage roofs; hailstones the size of baseballs or softballs will damage most roofs, break car windows, and may injure or kill people or animals. Other interesting facts include: Continue reading

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Mitigating Hail Damage

Roof damage incurred from hail is often a surprise for most folks. In reality, damage from hail is one of the top property claims for insurance carriers. What can the homeowner do to protect himself from these seemingly harmless little ice balls?
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Could Be a Hail of a Problem

Summer increases the potential for hail storms. Because hail falls quickly, even smaller pellets can cause damage to roof shingles, skylights and fixtures attached to the roof. Most roof coverings can resist damage from hail pellets smaller than 1.25 inches, but some less expensive shingles may be vulnerable to damage from hail as small as an inch.
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Hail No!

While hail storms generally last about six minutes, that is enough time to cause real trouble. Annually, hailstorms cause nearly $1 billion in damage in the United States. Continue reading

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