If you live in Colorado, you know that hail can strike in any season. Hailstorms in the area have been recorded year-round, usually accompanied by strong winds and thunderstorms. While this can be thrilling, especially if you enjoy some dramatic weather, it can wreak havoc on your home, particularly on your roof.
Hailstorms involve chunks of ice falling from the sky. If you’ve ever been unlucky to get caught in the deluge, you will know that hailstones fall with a surprising amount of force. Hailstorms can bombard your home for a long while, with some storms lasting up to two hours. As hailstones expand, they do more damage and can easily destroy an improperly installed roof.
Even the best roofs will suffer damage, from shingles to gutters and everything in between. It’s an unfortunate fact that if you live in Colorado, you’ll experience weather that will damage your roof. That’s why it’s essential to check your roof after every storm for signs of damage.
Even the smallest leak can digress into something more serious given enough time. It may be tempting to wait until the stormy season is over to do repairs—to do it all at once—but it’s better to action repairs immediately. Prompt repairs strengthen the roof against the next storm, preventing more costly repairs.
Early July Hailstorm
Much of north-eastern Colorado experienced one of the worst hailstorms in history one 4th of July weekend. Storm clouds had started gathering during the 4th of July celebrations, and by the following day, many areas were pelted with hail and heavy rain, which led to homes being flooded.
Most of the Denver metro area experienced 1.5″ to 2″ hailstones, while Northern Colorado reported hailstones the size of golf balls. What’s worse, the heavy rains continued for two hours, which increased the risk of flash flooding in the area. Ultimately, the entire Interstate 25 corridor, from Wyoming to New Mexico, was put on severe thunderstorm watch on the 5th of July, and severe winds and storms were expected.
What to do if Hail Damages Your Roof?
These types of storms are going to become more prevalent in Colorado in the coming years, so it’s an excellent idea to make adequate preparations. If you have an old roof with damaged shingles, you should seriously consider replacing your roofing materials with stronger and more durable materials. As a homeowner, you should conduct frequent inspections of your roof, initiating regular maintenance to keep it in perfect condition so that it can weather the coming storms.
If you find your roof has started leaking after a hailstorm or that it’s been damaged in some other way don’t hesitate to contact our reliable roofing professionals. Our team can quickly conduct the repairs necessary to protect your home from further storm damage. They are experienced professionals who will be able to provide you with sound advice on how to minimize the damage that comes with severe and inclement weather.