Some states have what you call “hail hits”, or small pea size indentations in a home’s roof that most roofing contractors will tell you, deteriorate a roof’s functionality. And then there is Texas. As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. So goes it with hail.
Texas, you see, doesn’t have hail hits, they have “hail dents”. Hail dents are not simple pea sized indentations. They are actual holes in a roof that look something like bullet holes.
Over the last two years, not just has hail frequency in Texas increased, it has gotten much more intense. Just last April, grapefruit sized hail produced the costliest hailstorm to date – an astronomical $1.4 billion. Before that, the title of costliest storm was held by the May 5, 1995 Fort Worth hailstorm which accounted for $1.1 billion in damages.
In the first five months of 2016 alone, 602 unofficial reports of hail in Texas were made to the National Weather Service, an amount that nearly surpassed the 783 reports made in the first five months of 2015.
Add those two years together, and what you get is a lot of hail – more hail than anywhere else in the nation. According to Cory Van Pelt, National Weather Service meteorologist, the unique weather patterns in Texas – what he refers to as a “melting pot” account for the fact that it was number one in the country for most hail damage reported with 394,572 claims from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. Not just is hail bigger in Texas, it also costs a lot more.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national roofing company that specializes in hail damage, roofing restoration and weatherization. ASAP has offices in Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.