With hail season currently in progress I’m sure a lot of you are wondering “When is hail season in Texas and how long does it last?”. Well in this article you will get all of your common questions about the hail season in Texas and how to prepare for it.
When is Hail Season in Texas?
Quick answer: February – August
Seems like a simple enough question right? Well not really because Texas is poised in the perfect position to have crazy weather year round, but we are able to look at things such as the ForeCAST REPORT that discloses the average amount days that a state received hail.
Within this report we find that on average from 2017-2019 Texas had 195 days of severe hail days.
That’s more than half the year!
We can also conclude from the data that hail starts to present its self starting as early as February and starts losing steam around July and August.
Of course the data presented is not weather data but rather insurance claim data. We can correlate the two considering if your roof was damaged by hail you are probably making a claim soon after the storm.
Why Does it Hail When its Warm?
How do you make a huge ice ball (AKA: hail) when its the hottest months of the year? Well for us to answer that you need to understand how hail is actually created.
Hail is not simply frozen rain. Frozen rain or sleet is rain that falls from the clouds and freezes before it gets to the ground. Hail on the other hand falls as a solid.
Hailstones are created by layers and layers of water attaching and freezing in a large clump. There is a repetitive process that causes these hailstones to get bigger and bigger.
- The moisture in the air freezes high in the atmosphere where it can be nearly -40 degrees F.
- The small hailstone becomes heavy and tries to fall from the cloud.
- As the small hailstone leaves the cloud it gets kicked back up into the atmosphere from an up draft of wind caused from the storm and temperature differences.
- On the way back up it collects a bit more water on the surface and the whole process starts over.
Once the hailstone becomes to big or the updrafts die down the hailstone will fall to the ground. So based off of how much wind and how big and long the storm is determines how big the hailstone will be and how much hail damage it will do the environment below.
How Do I Prevent Hail Damage?
To be honest mother nature is quite vicious especially with hail. Hail can range from a couple milometers to multiple inches across. With that in mind there are some steps that you can take to make sure your roof is able to stand up to the storms.
- Replace Your Already Damaged Roof
With us being in the roofing industry we see the worst of the hail damage. We can also tell when someone was just to late to replace their roof before a new storm came in. When that happens its adding insult to injury.
While you do have a roof that is protecting your house if there is any kind of previous damage it degrades the chances of you getting through a new storm. Roofing systems work just like a chain and your only as strong as your weakest link.
- Get a Roof Inspection
Premiere roofing gives free no obligation roof inspection. We will come out and check to see if your roofing system is ready for the storm season. The most common things that we will find on an older roof is granule loss or missing shingles. Your roof might not need a full replacement at the time but could just need a quick repair. Our expert roofers will make sure that you get fixed up to protect you from any light storms you might encounter.
- Install Impact Resistant Shingles
Impact Resistant Shingles are one of the best ways to not worry about hail for the most part. These are also commonly referred to as 50 year shingles since there life time is so long. We partner the biggest manufactures (Owens Corning, GAF, Certainteed). Most of them will carry some kind of 50 year shingles or an alternative such as slate or tile shingles.
What if I Have Hail Damage?
There are more and more first time home buyers that are stuck feeling like they have to hurry and replace their roof if it gets damaged in a hail storm.
This causes them to go with the first chuck in a truck that knocks on their door. So for all those homeowners just stop and take a breath while I walk you through the process.
- You as a homeowner can actually assess if there may be damage on your roof. Go outside after the storm and see if you can find any of the hailstones. If the hailstones are no bigger than the size of a nickel you are usually just fine. Another great indicator of whether or not you have damage is if there is leaves from the trees on the ground. If these isn’t then you are most likely in the clear.
- If you think you might have damage or would like a professional opinion please give us a call and we will come out to your property to assess your entire house for damages. Inspections are always free with no obligation.
- After the inspection if there is damage found we will recommend you contact your insurance. If the hail season is still early in the year we will recommend that you hold off on actually replacing your roof, but most insurance companies have a limit of one year after storm date to file a claim.
- Once your insurance claim has been filed there will be an adjuster meeting which our project manager will attend to make sure nothing is missed and we have everything to take care of your roof replacement.
- If your insurance claim has been approved we will go ahead and get you on the schedule to have your roof replaced. We will then install the roof in one day on most homes and you will be good to go and protected for the next hail season in Texas.
Our hail season in Texas can vary from year to year but mostly falls between February and August.
Hail is usually found in the warmer seasons because of storms and temperature difference in the atmosphere.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to protect yourself from a hail storm whether that is replacing your already damaged roof or getting a couple of missing shingles replaced.
If you think you might have damage please reach out to us so that we can help you get your home back to the safe haven its suppose to be.