While hail season in Missouri runs from March to October, we see the majority of hail storms between May and August. In Missouri, hail storms primarily occur in the afternoon or evening. The most severe hail storms typically occur between 1 pm and 9 pm. Hail storms rarely last for more than 15 minutes, with the median duration falling at just 6 minutes.
Hail Safety Tips
If you find yourself caught in a hail storm, seek shelter immediately. If you can't get inside a building, at least find something to protect your head. Try to stay away from trees as they can lose branches during severe storms; large isolated trees also attract lightning. Once you've found shelter, stay inside and don't go outside for any reason. Also, be sure to stay away from windows, especially those being struck by hail. In addition, avoid using telephones and electrical appliances to prevent the possibility of electrocution.
The amount of damage a hailstorm can cause will vary from storm to storm. Factors such as wind, the size and density of the hail, the material of your roof and any barriers, such as trees or other nearby buildings, can all affect the severity of hail damage to your roof. A hailstone can be anywhere from the size of a pea up to the size of a softball. In addition, most hailstones do not have smooth edges, which can also impact the type of damage they cause. Different types of building materials will absorb hail impacts differently. Asphalt shingles, aluminum siding and gutters can likely be dinged or dented, while wood shake shingles and vinyl siding can become cracked. Large hailstones could even be dense enough to actually puncture a roof. The age and condition of your roof will also play a part in the amount of damage it sustains during a hailstorm.
Beware of Scams
With the storm season, you'll see an increase in the need for roof repairs. However, beware of the storm chasers! Often times, after a severe storm hits, roofers from outside of the area will go door to door seeking out work. They will tell homeowners that they can spot damage on their roof and persuade the homeowners to have them fix it immediately. While many people may need roof repairs due to hail damage, those homeowners should seek out help from a reputable Lake of the Ozarks roofer.
While we're just now getting into hail season, we've already experienced a couple of hail storms here at the Lake of the Ozarks. If your roof is not in tip-top shape, it can't do it's job. Now is the time to schedule your free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're roof has hail damage or any other type of damage, we can get you an estimate for repair or replacement costs. Call Above & Beyond Roofing at 573-302-0354 today!
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