As a homeowner in Denver or any area in the Centennial State, you know that hailstorms in Colorado are not just likely, but common. We experience more severe hailstorms here in Colorado than almost any other state in the nation. Unfortunately, hailstorms often come at a price. Hailstones can cause severe property damage, leading to steep repair costs for homeowners, business owners, and car owners.
So, as a Colorado homeowner, what can you do to protect your roof against hailstorms? We’ll cover our top roof hail damage prevention tips, along with more information about handling hail damage as a Denver homeowner.
Colorado is situated in a region in the U.S. nicknamed “hail alley” for its frequent and often severe hailstorms. Hail alley includes northeast Colorado, western Nebraska, and southeast Wyoming. This stretch of the United States experiences the most frequent and severe hailstorms in the nation.
The high elevation in Colorado also contributes to the severity of the state’s hailstorms. At a higher altitude, we have thinner air than in areas at a lower altitude. So, hailstones cut through the air faster and have a larger impact on the surfaces they hit at a higher altitude.
Severe hailstorms have been frequent in the history of Colorado, sometimes totaling millions of dollars in overall property damage from a single storm. Unfortunately, serious hailstorms will only continue to occur in this great state, making it all the more important for homeowners to take the possible precautions against roof hail damage.
First off, it’s important to note that there’s no easy method for preventing roof hail damage. Hailstorms will come, sometimes unexpectedly, whether we want them to or not. Given that your roof is the highest point of your home, it’s the most vulnerable to damage from hailstones. So, if a severe hailstorm is to pass over your Denver home, it will likely cause some damage. That said, you can take steps to minimize the damage in the case of a serious hailstorm.
One of the best ways to ensure that your roof can handle the impact of hailstones is to schedule regular roof inspections. We recommend that you schedule a professional roof inspection at least once per year, ideally in the early spring, before the start of the hail season. During this inspection, your Denver roofing experts can check for any roofing issues that would lead to severe roof hail damage. For instance, during the inspection, your inspector will check the shingles’ protective coating. If the protective coating has seen better days, the inspector will likely recommend that you have the damaged shingles replaced. By restoring the durability of your roof’s shingles, you’ll be more protected against a serious roofing issue, like a leak, if a hailstorm strikes.
The durability of your roof largely hinges on how well it was installed. Proper roofing installation with longevity in mind will give your home the best possible chance of avoiding damage in a hailstorm. So, choose a Denver roofing company that uses top roofing methods along with high-quality materials when you have a roof installed. This will help preserve the condition of your roofing system amid fluctuating weather conditions.
Bruising, cracking, breaking, and punctures are all common types of damage to shingles after a hailstorm. But, these types of damage are less likely to affect impact-resistant shingles. Multiple types of impact-resistant roofing materials are available and will reduce the amount of damage to your roof after a hailstorm.
As a Denver homeowner, it’s worth it to consider having impact-resistant roofing installed for your home. While the installation will be an upfront investment, it may likely lead to lower repair costs over the years.
Ultimately, hailstorms aren’t preventable. That means that roof hail damage isn’t entirely preventable, either. But, by keeping your roofing system in excellent condition and having damage repaired ASAP, you can reduce the severity of roof damages after a storm. At All Seasons Exteriors, we’ll help you every step of the way in maintaining the condition of your roof, as well as repairing all types of roof damage. Contact us today to learn more!