Denver Had Its First Major Hail Storm in a Long Time. Schedule Your Inspection Today!
As Denver residents know all too well, the Front Range is frequently struck with hail that severely damages roofs and home exteriors. Denverites could be forgiven for forgetting about this aspect of life over the past couple of years, as the Denver Metro has escaped major hail in recent years. However, early May saw a massive hail storm that dealt damage throughout Denver and the surrounding areas, leaving many homeowners in need of a roof inspection.
If you were in the path of Denver’s recent hail storms, it’s important to schedule an inspection for roof damage immediately. Scheduling an inspection is the first step toward repairing your roof, and it’s crucial to repair your roof before the next major storm arrives. Here’s what our Colorado roofing experts recommend here at Elite Roofing & Solar.
What Areas Were Affected By Hail?
The recent May hail storms in the Denver area dropped hail across a large area. Most of the Denver metro area saw hail, as well as the Front Range and even into the plains east of Denver. Hail varied greatly in size, ranging from dime and penny-sized hail all the way up to hail the size of a grapefruit in some areas. Areas reporting the largest hail stones—of up to 4 inches or larger—include Woodland Park, Gary, Westcliffe, and Rosita, according to 9 News.
Hail of this size is more than enough to deal serious damage to your roof, so if you live in one of these areas you should schedule a roof inspection immediately. Other areas that experienced smaller hail may have escaped roof damage—but it’s always a wise decision to schedule an inspection just to be safe.
How Do I Know If I Have Hail Damage?
Hail damage ranges greatly in severity. In some cases, it may be very easy to identify, while other signs of hail damage are more subtle. Here are some signs that indicate your roof has sustained hail damage.
Cracked or Dented Shingles/Roof Tiles
The classic sign of hail damage is visible cracks or dents on your roof. Whether you have asphalt shingles or a tile roof, large hail can dent, crack, or even fully dislodge these materials. If you notice missing or damaged roofing materials, then it’s time to call a roofer.
Hail damage can be identified in other ways besides looking at your roof. For instance, large hail will cause damage to other portions of your home exterior as well, such as your gutters. Severely dented gutters (or damage to siding or your deck) indicate a powerful storm that may well have damaged your roof. If you spot signs of large hail, schedule a roof damage inspection right away.
Excess Asphalt Granules
A more subtle way that hail can damage your roof is by dislodging the protective layer of asphalt granules that lines the exterior of asphalt shingles. This leaves your roof exposed to the elements, but it can be hard to spot with the naked eye. However, a way you can check for granule loss from your roof is by looking in gutters, near downspouts, and on the ground near the roofline of your home. If you see piles of asphalt granules in these locations, your roof is likely compromised.
Don’t Delay a Hail Roof Damage Inspection
Whether you spot damage or not, it’s always a wise decision to schedule a roof inspection following major hail in your area. Delaying a needed inspection (and necessary roof repairs) leaves your roof vulnerable to the next storm—and here in Denver, it’s not often that we go full calendar years without damaging storms. The sooner you schedule a hail roof damage inspection the faster your roof will be restored and ready to protect your home.
If you’re located in the Denver metro or the surrounding area, there’s a significant chance your roof was damaged during last month’s storms. At Elite Roofing, our trained roofers know how to spot hail damage and provide reliable repairs that will shore up your home’s first line of defense. Schedule your inspection with Elite Roofing today!