If you’ve lived in Texas for awhile, there are a few things you know for sure – the summers are ungodly hot, the people are the most friendly you will ever meet, and hail storms happen every year. But while the weather and the people are not likely to change, when it comes to hail in Texas, it seems we are still learning.
Here are three things you might not know about hail storms in Dallas:
Hail Storms Are Expected to Increase. In 2016 Texas was slammed by almost 200 hailstorms, which was much higher than the typical 90 annually. And that trend is only expected to increase. Predictions from the National Storm Center link increased global temperatures not just to more frequent hail storms, but more extreme ones. What that means essentially, is more hail damage.
More Hail Damage Means More Storm Chasers. One of the most widely read articles in the Claims Journal last year was titled, The Emerging Hail Risk: What the Hail is Going On? The article pointed to a looming crisis caused by recent hail storms: “The property insurance industry is under attack. The present battle has nothing to do with repairing roofs actually damaged by hail, but instead putting money in the pockets of individuals who can find a way to inject themselves into the insurance claims process.” The article went further to call out contractors, public adjusters and policyholder attorneys, as “crooks and frauds,” and issued a strong warning to homeowners – beware of storm chasers. The point the article was making is that especially in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area, one often overlooked side effect of more hail is more storm chasers.
Hail damage comes in many forms. While hail damage to a car is often easy to spot, hail damage to your roof doesn’t have to cause a leak to still be damaging. Hail hits can appear as small indentations in your shingles, but they can also cause loss of granulation – both of which predispose your roof to further damage down the road. Hail can also cause small dark indentations on your roof which appear shiny in the sunlight, or cause your flashing and gutters to be detached. Hail can cause dents on your chimney cover, cracks in your skylight, and indentations in your siding. The bottom line? You can’t always spot hail damage. The good news is that a licensed professional contractor who specializes in hail damage can. And that should be you first call.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, weatherization, and roofing restoration. ASAP has offices in Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, and Salt Lake City.