GOT HAIL DAMAGE?
On June 22nd, Colorado’s Front Range saw baseball sized hail, tornadoes, and heavy rain. Hail over the size of a quarter is considered severe and is very likely to damage property including roofs. If you were in the path of the storm, it is highly recommended that a professional inspects your roof for damage. The following areas were hit the hardest:
- The Pinery
- Dove Valley
- Highlands Ranch
- Indian Hills
- And Surrounding Areas
The Colorado Front Range is usually called the Hail Capitol because the Colorado Springs to Denver metro area gets more severe hail events than anywhere else in the county. On average, this area gets pummeled by an average of 13 hail storms per year.
Although Colorado can get any type of hail at any time during the spring and summer, severe thunderstorm warnings often produce the larger, more damaging hail between April 15 and June 20.
These consistent hail storms can inflict significant damage on your home, especially your roof, as it takes the harshest beating when hailstorms strike. Roof hail damage in Denver Metro and along the Front Range can be quite extensive and lead to even more problems if not noticed and fixed in time.
Depending on the kind of roofing materials used on your house, hail damage to roofs in Denver can range from minor cosmetic issues to serious problems with structural integrity. Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the damage is substantial or minor. Furthermore, initial damage that may look minor can lead to more serious issues in the future, such as corrosion or water infiltration.
When your roof becomes damaged, you’ll need to seek out hail damage roof repair or replacement services. First, you will need to either do a preliminary hail damage check yourself or schedule a Free Inspection with an expert.
Some of the most common types of roof hail damage include:
Hail Damage to Asphalt Shingles
Hail damage to asphalt shingles may consist of punctures, tears, fractures (bruises), or displacement of granules. The most common kind of hail damage is this granule displacement and comes in the form of small dents where the roof granules are pushed into the shingle mat or knocked off by the impact of hailstones hitting the roof. The granules typically protect the home from UV aging so these dents do often shorten the lifespan of the roofing material.
Hail Damage to Tile Roofs
Hail damage to tile roofs may appear as shallow hairline cracks or as small chips where the tile has broken off along edges and corners. In more sever cases, cracks will go all the way through to the bottom of the tiles or large pieces might be missing.
Hail Damage to Metal Roofs
Hail damage to metal roofs often is misunderstood as purely “cosmetic”. These dents in the roof are unsightly, but can also reduce the lifespan of the roof, harm it’s water shedding capabilities, and damage seams between metal panels, leading to leaks, which can cause further damage. In rare cases, hail can puncture the roof, causing it to leak or fail entirely.
Hail Damage to Wood or Shake Shingles
Hail damage to wood or shake shingles is defined as a split or puncture in the wood caused by hailstone impact. Hail impacts in wood leave recognizable impact marks and you will often see cracks along the grain. Sometimes, shingles may even come loose.
Not sure if you need a new roof? Ask yourself these questions:
Are your window screens damaged from the last hail storm?
Is the answer is yes, there’s a pretty good chance your roof took the brunt of the storm as well. Depending on the kind of roofing materials used on your house, hail damage to roofs in Denver can range from minor cosmetic issues to serious problems with structural integrity. Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the damage is substantial or minor. Furthermore, initial damage that may look minor can lead to more serious issues in the future, such as corrosion or water infiltration.
Are there hail granules in your driveway or in your yard?
If so, hail probably bounced off your roof. When your roof becomes damaged, you’ll need to seek out hail damage roof repair or replacement services. First, you will need to either do a preliminary hail damage check yourself or schedule a Free Inspection with an expert.
Do you see splatter in wood siding, dents in metal siding, cracks or chips in plastic siding?
If yes, then you may want to have your roof inspected for hail damage. Hail capable of damaging siding is likely between one and two inches in diameter, or roughly the size of a walnut. A piece of hail this size has the ability to damage not only your roofing material, but also the wood under your shingles.
Do you see coffee stains in your ceilings or have leaks when it rains?
Coffee stains on your ceilings are a sure sign of a leak. While this could be a leaky pipe, it is far more likely that you have a hole in your roof. An free inspection will find the leak and determine the best plan of action going forward.
Have your neighbors started replacing their roofs?
If yes, then your roof may be due for replacement. Most neighborhoods tend to be on a similar replacement cycle meaning when one neighbor is due for replacement, so are others. Don’t get stuck with the oldest roof in the neighborhood! Give use a call to see if it’s time for a new roof today.