Collision repair shops and roofing companies hit with another big wave of business after Thursday’s hail storm
Golf ball-sized hail left vehicles and roofs that were badly damaged.
Some homeowners and car owners in parts of Williamson and Travis counties are struggling with damage after Thursday’s hailstorm.
“At first it was little ticks, and then suddenly it was like a boom, a boom, a boom, a boom,” said Aaron Spivey-Sorrells.
In front of Spivey-Sorrell’s door, hail the size of golf balls poured into his yard.
“Usually it’s something a baseball bat would do, but it’s hail,” said Spivey-Sorrells.
He said his family had just gone to their home in Pflugerville before the hailstorm. The great hail pounded holes in his rear windshield – right through the glass.
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Similar damage can be seen in vehicles at Round Rock and Leander.
When you have such severe hail, your home is also at risk. Spivey-Sorrells said he had to have his roof replaced.
“The roofs that need to be done are more than on time,” said Ben Willows, Austin water damage and roofing project manager. “It’s going to take a year and a half just because of supply and demand.
Willows said the company was hit by the hail storm three weeks ago; The same applies to the local Dent Removal Shop Dentworks in North Austin.
“We now have two other people here and have rented another location,” said manager Thane Matcek. “It rolled and it won’t stop.”
Matcek said most of the customers who called Friday had to be referred to a collision repair shop because the damage was too severe.
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Round Rock’s GP1 Collision Center was one of those busy collision repair workshops. The manager said on Friday that 50 severely damaged vehicles rolled into the parking lot. He expects to get 80 a day next week.
State Farm insurance agents said they have received hundreds of claims in our area. According to State Farm, Texas was the top state for paid hail damage last year. The insurance company paid $ 474 million for around 56,000 hail damage to homes and cars in our state.
“Thank goodness we have insurance,” said Spivey-Sorrells.
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