Hail offers no truce this year
Hail has always represented a problem to Colorado citizens. Colorado is located in the Hail Alley and is second for the most considerable number of hail claims in the US which costs billions of dollars yearly. According to NOAA’s Severe Storms database, during the past five years wind and hail damage claims, on a national basis, accounts for almost 40 percent of all insured losses. This averages about $15 billion annually and growing each year. Homes and cars are among the most damage assets families experience.
In just two storms in Colorado during 2018, damages caused over 3.2 billion dollars, with baseball and softball-sized hailstones. In average, there are about 19 reports of hailstorms in Colorado each year. So far, this 2019 has already reported 23 hailstorms breaking records in hailstone size, according to the latest reports.
Huge hailstones falling from the sky
According to the National Weather Service office in Boulder, there was a report of a 4.5-inch diameter hailstone, but there was no visual proof provided. Nevertheless, a few days later after another big hailstorm, the Colorado Climate Center and the National Weather Service confirmed the report of a 4.83-inch diameter hailstone that fell in Bethune, Colorado. It weighed 8.5 ounces and broke the previous record of the unofficial 4.5 inches in diameter.
The point here is how dangerous and destructive these icy missiles could have on your car’s structure and of course, on human beings. Any hailstone larger than a quarter in size can be considered a damaging hail, quickly pounding deep dents on car roofs and hoods. The average falling speed of a 2-inch hailstone is approximately 60 mph, at a diameter of 3 inches, hail is about the size of a teacup and can fall at speeds of up to 80 mph. At this size and speed, it is capable of smashing windshields and causing severe injuries on human beings.
Restoring your car from hail damage
No matter what you try, it is virtually impossible to escape from hail damage in Colorado. The best you can do, – besides keeping it as protected as possible- is restoring as fast as you can. Especially when winter is right around the corner and by then, it will be too late. Not only is it harder to find time to fix dents in winter, but also because the extreme cold temperatures will boost the structural deterioration.
PDR or paintless dent removal is the best option to restore your car after a severe hailstorm. It is fast and reliable, removing all dents and creases without affecting your car’s original paint. It is an excellent option if you wish to apply your car’s insurance policy. Also, fixing your car dents with PDR doesn’t affect your CARFAX record, keeping its resale value in the future. Contact Auto Rehab today and learn more about PDR and how to fix hail damage.