Protect Homes from Hail via Steel Siding Installation in Lubbock, TX
When spring and summer arrive, most people think it’s smooth sailing weather-wise; after all, sunny days evoke images of people gleefully frolicking in the fields. As many Lubbock residents know, however, the warmest season can also bring with it an unexpected and frozen visitor—hail. As the KBCD reported back in June:
“The first storm developed in northern Lubbock county just after 5 p.m.
This storm brought areas of tennis ball to baseball-sized hail across northeastern portions of the city of Lubbock, especially near New Deal, just north of the airport.
This storm developed into a stationary line of storms across Hockley, Lubbock and Garza counties after 6 p.m. This segment of storms brought quarter to golf ball-sized hail to the city of Lubbock, as well as widespread street flooding.
Further south, a strong thunderstorm produced a rotating wall cloud near O’Donnell, as well as 70+ mph wind gusts, and more baseball-sized hail. Then, the storms merged into a solid line of storms, but weakened, and moved across the rest of the South Plains between 9:45 and 11:30 p.m.”
As the article suggests, hail often develops whenever a thunderstorm is present. Updrafts—strong currents of rising air—carry water droplets high into the atmosphere where they freeze into pellets; over time, they combine with other droplets until they become too big to stay suspended in the air and fall to the ground as hail. Most hail only measure a few millimeters but some can grow as big as eight inches in diameter, causing serious damage to homes and other properties.
Strong as Steel
Even if your exterior walls are cladded with siding, certain materials like aluminum and wood are susceptible to denting should hailstones bombard them. Fortunately, you can get steel siding installation in Lubbock, TX thanks to contractors like Jones & Associates. Steel is currently the most durable siding material available on the market and can withstand not just hail stones, but also storm winds and heavy rains.
Lubbock and Odessa, TX siding installation companies also cite steel siding’s energy efficiency, ease of maintenance, and resistance to pests as reasons for why more and more residents are choosing this material. Like aluminum or wood siding, they also come in a variety of styles, colors and textures that make them ideal for just about any home.
(Article Information and Image from Severe storm delivers rain, hail to South Plains, KCBD, June 18, 2013)