Here in Central Texas hail can be a fairly consistent nuisance. We are all too Familiar with the damage it can cause. Our certified techs are some of the best in the business. We work with many local companies as well as some larger hail “teams” to ensure speedy repair times and quality results. We are prepared, are you?
Having your car damaged by a hail storm is not the end of the world. Hail damage and other weather related incidents are covered under comprehensive or “full coverage” policies. Here in Texas a weather related claim DOES NOT affect your premium. Coupled with the fact that existing damage can affect your resale value, there’s really no reason not to get it repaired.
Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) has been the preferred method for hail repair for decades now. The older conventional way consists of replacing any badly damaged panels and filling the rest of the dent with body filler and repainting. This can not only take much more time but can also cost considerably more, and greatly diminish your resale value. PDR technicians work with you and your insurance company to provide you with the best repair possible. We massage the metal back to shape, working it from behind the panel. Using old world methods, coupled with the latest technologies, we are able to retain your vehicles OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) panels and your factory finish.
Hail is formed when very strong thunderstorm updrafts meet super-cooled water droplets. Super-cooled water droplets are liquid water drops that are surrounded by air that is below freezing, and they're a common occurrence in thunderstorms. There are two methods of hail stone formation and growth that give hail stones their "layered" look.
A tiny ice crystal will be the nucleus of the hail stone. In wet growth, supercooled water droplets collide with and spreads across the ice nucleus. Since this process is relatively slow (slower than the dry growth process) it results in a layer of clear ice.
Unlike wet growth, the supercooled water meets the ice nucleus and immediately freezes. Because this process is so fast, everything within the supercooled droplet, including small air bubbles, freezes into the layer, which gives it a cloudy look.
Rain and hail is what creates the "bounded" portion of the bounded weak echo region (BWER) on radar. The weak echo region is created by a strong updraft, which also helps the hail to grow.
1. Hail forms and is carried upward through the storm by the updraft and held above the freezing line.
2. The hail stone collides with supercooled droplets and grows in size.
3. When the hail becomes too large and heavy to be supported by the updraft, it falls to the ground.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the upcoming spring storm season, should you get caught off guard.
Covered parking is the best way to protect your vehicle from an unexpected hail storm. If you live in a state frequented by hail storms, be sure to be scope out those covered spots during hail storm season. It could save you the time and money spent on repairs!
If you are caught in a hail storm while driving around town, don’t try to make it home. Instead, seek temporary shelter for you and your vehicle. Oftentimes, local malls and other retail locations have parking garages where you can easily park if you see a storm brewing.
If you don’t have access to covered parking or temporary shelter, try your best to cover your car. While some companies sell car covers specifically for hail protection, your own blankets can work just effectively! Be sure you duct tape your blankets down because high winds could carry them away. The tape could leave your car a bit sticky, but will most likely reduce the damage sustained.