No one looks forward to hail season in the DFW-Metroplex and the Denton area. But, it can be helpful to know a little bit about why hail is so damaging so that you can take steps to avoid it and to repair your vehicle if the need arises.
The Science of Hail Damage
The weather that brings about hail isn’t friendly to vehicles or driving conditions. Hail forms when heavy rainstorms swirl ice droplets thousands of feet above the earth. When these droplets accumulate and grow in density, they become too heavy for the windy updraft, and fall to the ground.
The strength of the wind and the amount of rain determines the size of the hail. Light storms can create BB-sized hail (less than a fourth of an inch in size), to softball sized hail (measuring over four inches and weighing over a pound).1
Unless it breaks windows and windshields, hail damage on vehicles is usually cosmetic. But it can still pack a punch—nickel sized hail can speed down at over 40 miles an hour (faster than a boxer’s punch), and grapefruit sized hail can clock in at under 100 miles an hour (as fast as a major league fastball). You can see why hail can be more than damaging, but dangerous.2
Protecting Your Car from Hail
Many apartments provide covered parking for a small fee. Though it’s an additional charge on top of rent, in places like Denton, this can be a better investment of time and money compared to the cost of repairs. Also, it’ll help to keep your car cool during the Texas summer heat.
Some people use tarps to protect their vehicles. Though it won’t stop the largest of hail stones, it can mitigate at least some damage. Though more expensive, there are inflatable car storm covers which can provide a pillowy cushion against heavy stormfalls.
How Hail Repair Works
The first thing you should do after a hail storm is document the damage to your vehicle. If you have comprehensive insurance coverage, you’ll want to submit photos of the damage and file a claim.
It’s important to take care of hail damage right away. If the hail has cracked or chipped paint from your car’s body, this can lead to rust. It’s much more costly to sand down, finish, and fix rusted metal than it is to get a touch-up paint job.
If hail hasn’t damaged the paint on your car, then paintless dent repair can be a great solution for fixing the craters caused by icy precipitation. This process works by gently popping out the pock marks by applying pressure out from the underside of the dents, or by using adhesive to pull them out.
At Color Customs Collision, our Denton family-owned shop offers paintless dent repair, professional painting, and many other types of auto services. Contact us today to learn how we can get your car looking good as new!