How to Prepare for Colorado’s Hail Season
10 Jun 2020
Early summer in Colorado brings the biggest threat your roof is likely to face – hail. Because they’re found in a geographic band known as hail alley, Castle Rock, Denver, and Colorado in general are prone to the nation’s most frequent and damaging hailstorms.
There are no promises that hail will or won’t hit your house, but it’s best to prepare like your roof will be damaged by hail this storm season. Short of rolling out a protective mat on your roof, how are you supposed to prepare for hail?
You can’t do much physically to prepare your roof for hail, but there are other tasks to do which will make your life much easier when hail does hit. Let’s learn how to prepare for the Denver Roofing season.
Know Your Denver Roofing contractor
Once hail hits, local roofing companies’ phones light up with hail checks and inspections. If you wait until your roof is damaged to find a good roofer, you’ll be left searching as lines fill up and delays increase. Instead of scrambling to find a decent contractor, choose your roofing contractor before hail hits.
Use a combination of online reviews, personal testimonials, accreditations, and much more to help you determine a great Denver roofer. You can meet with a roofer for a quick inspection to vet them before hail hits.
Once you’ve chosen a roofing contractor, call them out for a quick pre-hail check. You can use this time to get to know the company and to be sure there are no major or minor deficiencies in your roof that could be may worse with hail.
Know Your Insurance Agent
Have you ever talked to your insurance agent after the initial signup? Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know much about their insurance policy and couldn’t name their agents without fishing out their business cards. Before hail season, make a quick call to your assigned agent to make sure your policy and their process are ready for hail season.
Choosing Impact Resistant Roofing Moving Forward
The next time your roof is replaced, get a jump on the next storm with an impact-resistant roof. Impact-resistant shingles are tougher against hail, wind, snow, and are much less likely to be damaged to the point of replacement when compared to traditional asphalt shingles.
Upgrade charges for impact-resistant materials are minimal and typically pay for themselves in a few months due to the insurance premium discounts most insurers give out to impact-resistant roofs.
When the Hail Comes
You can’t literally protect your roof from hail, but you can get your ducks in a row for any future storms. Choose a roofer, talk to your insurance agent, and have your roof checked before hail season so you’re ready to go no matter what mother nature brings. To find a locally sourced, pre-screened roofing contractor - click here.