On average, hail causes around $1 billion in property damage each year.
A significant amount of that damage is to our homes, primarily a roofing system which includes home gutter systems. In the U.S., hail most commonly occurs in the central region stretching from North Dakota through Texas, Wyoming and Colorado. Areas around the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River also have frequent occurrences. Hailstorms are most common from May through September, but can occur at any time of the year when conditions are right.
Memorable Storms of 2017
One of the most memorable storms of last year happened in Denver in May, when a Colorado Rockies game had to be rescheduled due to golf-ball-size and even larger-size hailstones covering the field. Broken windows in homes, businesses and cars were reported. Other damage included broken siding and roofing damage. Anytime a roof has hail damage, one should assume the gutters are damaged too. Most gutters are aluminum and, as much as they are made to withstand rain, snow and ice, falling hail that exerts enough pressure to break a car window or dent a shingle can dent a gutter.
Storms outside of the traditional summer hail season are not uncommon. One that covered a large portion of the I-95 corridor in Virginia happened in February 2017. Most of the hail from this storm was an inch or less, but that doesn’t mean home gutter systems weren’t damaged because of the storm. In fact, many homeowners reported significant damage to their personal property.
Another out-of-season storm that did significant damage throughout Greeneville and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina in March dropped hail from 1-2 inches in size. Damage was reported to homes and cars, and caused power outages. When hail of that size falls, you’re going to see dimpled gutters. Sectional gutters may even see split seams.
One of the storms this past summer that saw the largest hailstones was in WaKeeney, Kansas. Residents reported hailstones the size of tennis balls and softballs. Damage was significant.
Don’t Neglect Gutter Damage
Even the leading roofing brands and top-rated gutter guards can be damaged as a result of hail, but insurance policies generally cover hail damage. If you suspect your customer’s home sustained damage from a hailstorm, be sure to direct them to contact their insurance company before making any repairs.
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Editor’s note: This article first appeared on the Gutter Helmet blog and can be viewed here.
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