As one of the nation’s leading hail dent removal services, the Hail Star PDR team is no stranger to the devastation that can be wrought from falling hailstones. While most hailstorms typically yield pebbles of ice no more than an inch across, when conditions are just right, much larger hailstones are possible. Here are a few of the world records for the largest hailstones officially recorded.
The heaviest hailstone on record weighed 2.25 pounds, and landed in Bangladesh in 1986. The largest diameter ever officially observed was 7.9 inches across. Compare this enormous measurement to that of a softball, which measures only 3.8 inches across! This giant hunk of ice fell from the sky and landed in Vivian, South Dakota in 2010.
Bigger, Stronger, Faster
While smaller pieces of hail fall with a speed of approximately 20 miles per hour, heavier stones fall with greater speeds. Stones of approximately 3-inch diameters can fall as fast as 110 miles per hour, owing to air resistance having less effect on their greater weight. It’s no wonder that hail can result in such extensive damage and even death. Just imagine the crater that nearly-8-inch hailstone must have made!
If your vehicle has been left outside during a hailstorm, you’re all too familiar with the damage that hail can cause. Wherever you are, Hail Star PDR will travel to the areas hit the hardest by severe hail damage to provide hail dent repair to the vehicles in the area. We utilize our paintless dent repair skills to get our clients on the road with a repaired vehicle as fast as possible.
Utilizing Paintless Dent Repair
Fortunately repairing that hail damage is as easy as scheduling an appointment with Hail Star. Paintless dent repair is a method of coaxing dents out, without damaging the paint and most importantly, without resorting to traditional body work. That being said, if a 2.25 pound hailstone were to hit your vehicle, chances are, paintless dent repair would not be the best course of action. Anything like a crumpled fender or a rip in the metal is not repairable with paintless dent repair.
Let Us Inspect it For You!
Of course if you have any doubts, or your insurance is telling you that you need extensive body work, contact us and we will send a specialized dent inspector to evaluate the work that needs to be done. If we are able to repair the damage, we will be able to save you thousands on traditional body work. Your vehicle’s value will not be affected either as we do not need to report paintless dent repair services to Carfax like traditional bodywork. Additionally, we offer a zero deductible on all hail insurance claims and we will assist you in filing a claim with your carrier. If you have been putting off getting that unsightly hail damage repaired now is the time. Contact us today if you need our help and to make an appointment today!