Hail and Cars: A Destructive Pairing

Hail is one of the most damaging forces of nature to personal property. Cars in particular are susceptible to serious damage, as heavy ice chunks can easily dent the frames, break windows, and rip holes in tires if the vehicle is in motion. Certain areas of the world receive hail storms more prevalently, and understanding the true dangers of these storms can help make the hail damage repair denver co area process much smoother.

What is Hail?

Hailstones are formed when water droplets are forced to stay in the clouds due to strong updrafts during a storm. While in the clouds, multiple droplets form together and freeze until they are heavier than what the cloud and updraft can withhold. At this point they are solid hunks of ice falling at high speeds to the ground. Hailstones can measure up to 15 centimeters, or 6 inches in diameter. One can imagine the damage such a large, solid chunk of ice can cause to people, animals, homes, crops, and cars when they absorb a direct hit from one or more of these hailstones.

Danger to Cars

Unless you are fortunate enough to have access to a covered garage at your home or place of business, hail damage can be a major concern. Minor storms may cause minimal damage. Small dents can form on the roof or hood, and paint can be chipped away. These issues should be diagnosed and addressed, as they can cause long-term damage, but the cost should be relatively low. In more extreme cases, the damage may lay below the surface. The car’s frame can become dented or even cracked, and the problem may not be obvious to the naked eye. The same can be said for small fractures in the glass. Paint and the car’s protective coating can be easily chipped away, and delaying these repairs can cause the car to begin to rust.
Hail storms can prove to be a costly and inconvenient burden when your car suffers damage. But it is imperative to act swiftly if you suspect your car has been damaged during the storm.

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