Florida has seen quite a bit of unpredictable weather as of late. This recent erratic weather has included fluctuating temperatures, tornadoes and even some intense hail storms throughout Central Florida. These hail storms in particular have caused unforeseen destruction to cars, homes, businesses and other structures.

Hailstones begin as large water droplets and form in strong thunderstorm clouds that have strong tilted updrafts. These water droplets are then “supercooled” by temperatures below freezing, causing the water to freeze in layers. Hailstones continue to grow larger, with the quickening updraft. As the storm system becomes increasingly unstable, it can no longer contain the hail in the atmosphere, sending hailstones showering down. The larger hailstones become during a storm, the more damage they create to your home or business.

The ice chunks raining down during hail storms may create slits and holes in roofs, siding, and other critical areas of homes and businesses. Building and vehicle windows are also at great risk during a hailstorm. Hail has an escalating scale of damage, depending on the size of the hailstones.

Below is a damage profile for varying sizes of hail:

  • 0.5” – bushes and tree leaves are damaged and stripped; building siding is damaged with “skid” marks where hail removed oxidation.

  • 0.75” – rolled roofing sustains damage; thin metal surfaces will have some denting.

  • 1.0” – composed shingles, windows, vinyl siding and thinner skylights are damaged.

  • 1.25” – automobiles are lightly damaged; heavy shingles are moderately damaged.

  • 1.5” – automobiles are heavily damaged; home and building wood shakes are damaged.

While the damage sustained during hail storms is largely dependent on the size of the hail, remember that heavy winds during a storm can also cause additional damage, outside of the profiles outlined above. In fact, storms that contain both hail and strong winds have been documented to be the most dangerous and destructive. These intense storms can result in dented, cracked siding, broken windows and other extensive property damage, which will affect both urban and rural areas.

Although hail damage may not be immediately noticed, as soon as you do become aware of any unexpected structural damage caused by these storms, immediate response is essential to ensure that these structures do not sustain further damage (especially if the weather remains unstable and unpredictable). Broken windows are one of the most important concerns that you’ll want to address especially if heavy rains accompany the hailstorm – otherwise, water damage will be compounded with your structural damage.

At Florida Catastrophe Corp., we understand the importance of fast response in repairing damage from hail storms. If your home or business has experienced Florida storm damage in the recent storms contact us as soon as possible to learn more about your options for repair and restoration.