Prevent Hail Damage
Provide a list of things that you can do to prevent your home, car, and more from imminent hail damage.
It’s that time of year! As we all know, hail storms in Colorado can strike without much (or any) warning, leaving you with little time to react. The best advice we can give is to be prepared and know what to do in order to help you and your family stay safe, while also minimizing damage. Know how to prevent hail damage with these tips.
What is Hail?
If you live in Colorado, you know the damage hail can cause, but did you know that it is formed when water vapor in updrafts reaches a freezing point? Ice is formed and is suspended in the air by updrafts and falls down to be coated by water again.
This process can occur over and over again, adding several layers to the hailstone, which is how golf ball-sized hail can occur. While the average hailstorm only lasts five minutes, the damage can be extremely detrimental.
Signs of a Potential Hail Storm
There are a few signs that hail may fall, so if you notice these changes in the weather, start preparing. The sooner you prepare, the more you’ll be able to prevent hail damage.
- A solid (not gradient) wall of dark blue/grey clouds, in contrast with little-to-no clouds – These clouds bring a lot of moisture, along with a cold front. The two together mean a mixture of cold and rain.
- A sudden wave of wind gusts that are higher up in the air – A side draft (between updraft and downdraft) or fluctuating draft is a true sign that a violent thunderstorm is approaching.
- Thunder/lightning – This usually means rain is coming, and given the frequency, it could bring a quick hail storm, too. Not all thunderstorms bring hail, but all hail usually comes with a thunderstorm. So it’s good practice to be prepared any time you hear thunder.
- A quick drop in temperature – When it gets colder, it’s even colder in the atmosphere. This contributes to the creation of hail.
Consider signing up for local weather alerts, which will send you warnings when hail storms are approaching, helping you stay prepared.
How to Prevent Hail Damage to Your Car
Cars can take quite the abuse from Colorado’s harsh weather, but there are a few ways you can protect your car from hail damage.
- Seek cover in covered parking/areas – If you’re on the road frequently (i.e. commuting) know where the closest parking garages are so you can safely ride out the storm. If you can’t reach a garage before the storm hits, pull under an overpass, gas station canopy, or similar spot that can help protect you and your car from hail. Even the overhang from trees may be enough to slow the hail down enough from damaging your car.
- Face the hail head-on – If you can’t find cover, drive into the hail so that the hail hits your windshield rather than your side and rear windows. Your windshield is much stronger than the other windows.
- Park on the side of the building, opposite of the wind direction – If overhead cover isn’t available, try and park on the opposite side of the building from the direction the wind is blowing. The hail may not reach your car as much.
- Use blankets to cover the car – If you can’t get your car to shelter, raid your linen closet and cover the car with any thick blankets, comforters, or even large towels. The more layers, the better!
- Use cardboard to cover the car – Cardboard may also serve as a good source of “padding” and protection against hail. Place it under your windshield wipers to keep them from moving around and the cardboard layers can usually take the brunt of the hail impact.
- Use floor mats to cover the car – If nothing else is available, your car’s floor mats are a great option to use as protection from hail. Place the floor mats carpet-side-up, under your windshield wipers. For side windows, you may have to wedge them up into the rubber window lining.
How to Prevent Hail Damage to Your Home
Some hail damage is inevitable, but there are a few good tips that will help limit damage, if any, to your home.
- Close curtains – Make sure to close any curtains or blinds, so that if your windows break, no glass or debris gets blown into the home.
- Trim trees/branches – While the weather is nice, be sure to maintain your trees and shrubbery in your yard. Especially for those taller trees that are closer to your roof, remove any weak branches.
- Protect outdoor furniture – Bring all patio and lawn furniture inside or under a covered area.
- Close umbrellas/canopies/tarps – Hail will rip these fabrics to shreds, so keep them closed when a storm approaches.
- Consider window coverings – Things like hinged shutters or metal awnings may be a good idea, as they’re easier to replace or repair than broken windows.
As we mentioned, some hail damage to your home is inevitable, like damage to your roof. Your home’s roof may take the brunt of the hail impact, but the cost to fix/repair/repair roof shingles is much less compared to other things in and around your home.
How to B&M Roofing Can Help With Hail Damage
B&M Roofing isn’t just another “storm chaser” company. We’re local, we’re experienced, and we’re honest. We’ve seen a hail storm or two and know just exactly what types of damage to expect and look for. If we can save you costs, we will.
- Roof inspections – After a hailstorm, call B&M Roofing to inspect your roof shingles for wind or hail damage.
- Durable, storm-grade materials – The roofing materials offered by B&M Roofing are the most impact-resistant roofing materials, proven to be able to withstand Colorado weather. We only work with the most trusted roofing material companies.
- Proactive maintenance – Early in the spring months, like March or April, we can take some preventative measures with preparing your roof for the hail season.
After a serious hailstorm, be sure to call your insurance company to schedule a damage assessment and then give B&M Roofing a call to make any necessary repairs. At B&M Roofing, we service everything from small residential roofs to large, complicated commercial properties throughout Colorado and surrounding areas.
We’re extremely proud of the work we do and confident in our quality of craftsmanship. The next time a hailstorm rolls around, don’t hesitate to give us a call before or after, to help you prepare or repair.