Hail Damage

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Denver hail can be especially extreme—this city sees more than its fair share of damaging balls of ice falling from the sky. In 2018 alone, there were more than 15 official hail reports, the largest of which involved hail totalling three inches in accumulation!

The size of hail, how frequently it falls, and the velocity at which it comes into contact with your roof will all contribute to whether or not roof damage will be incurred during a hailstorm. But, it’s safe to say that if you give it enough time, damaging hail will eventually find its way to your home or commercial building. When it does, the roof repair experts at A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors will be here to analyze the damage and make whatever repairs are necessary to restore the roof to its original condition. 

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When Hail Attacks

There are many ways that hail can wreak havoc on your roof. Damage can strike the shingles themselves, gutters, downspouts, flashing, or other fixtures installed on your roof (attic fan housings are notorious for being destroyed by hail).

Asphalt Shingle Damage

If hail is sufficiently large, it can sometimes tear holes in shingles or create splits in the layered surfaces of interleaved shingles. These areas of damage are not always obvious when looking at the roof from below—it’s not until a roofing expert can actually walk the roof and inspect it that the full extent of hail damage can be adequately appraised.

In other, less-extreme cases, the granule surface material of the shingle can become compromised, even if the shingle itself remains in-place and intact. This may not seem like a big problem; that is, until water starts to make its way into the building through these now-vulnerable areas.

Shingle granules play an important role in protecting the underlying asphalt material from degradation due to UV exposure and weather abrasion. It’s safe to say that with every serious hailstorm, the lifespan of all asphalt shingle-based roofs in Denver takes a significant loss.

Cedar Shake and Tile Damage

Even though Cedar Shake roofs are beautiful and classic in their styling, they’re known for being especially prone to damage from hail. When Cedar Shake roofs receive hail damage, roof repair experts know what to look for:

        Cracking

        Splitting

        Chipped sections

        Dimpling

        Entire pieces missing

        Crooked or jagged tiles

        Warping

Stone tiling is another roof type that can be seriously damaged by hail, even though it might be strange to think of ice actually damaging stone. Because hail in Colorado can reach sizes exceeding golf ball dimensions, the effect on stone-tiled roofs can be devastating. 

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What To Do after a Hailstorm in Denver

At A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors, we’ve seen the worst that hail can do to Denver-area roofs of all styles and compositions.

We’ve learned that there are at least four things every home or business owner should do to address fresh hail damage to a roof—ideally the day after the storm passes. These four things are:

  1. Contact your insurance company immediately. This cannot be stressed enough. Involving your insurance agent soon means getting your claim processed soon, as well.

  2. Check for unsafe areas on and around your home or business. During especially nasty hailstorms, some serious damage can be caused, resulting in damaged material posing a potential risk to those below.

  3. Do not presume that there is no roof damage. Just because you cannot see the damage from the ground does not mean that there isn’t any damage to be found.

  4. Expect the door-to-door repair salespeople to come knocking. It’s like clockwork: right after a hailstorm, the repair salespeople are going to come knocking. Expect this, and know that not all of these companies are legitimate, reliable, or trustworthy.

Lastly, it’s highly advised that you schedule an inspection of your roof by a qualified roofing technician who has been trained to detect hail damage. As with the insurance company, the sooner your roof can be inspected, the sooner you’ll know just how bad the damage is, if any.

Since 1994, A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors has been helping Denver-area home and business owners protect their property by remediating the damage caused by Colorado hailstorms. If your roof has experienced hail damage in Denver, don’t put off repairs any longer. Doing so could result in significant structural damage to your building—a situation that could cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. To schedule a roof inspection, call A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors today at (303) 781-8185. We’ll schedule your inspection at a day and time that works best for your schedule.