Hail Season in Colorado: Preparing Your Roof for the Storm
It’s springtime in Colorado, flowers are starting to bloom, the grass is starting to grow, and, unfortunately, we are swiftly approaching hail season. Hail season in Colorado strikes fear in the hearts of those who’ve experienced major storms in the past. The Hennessey Roofing team will help guide you and your roof through this tricky time. Check out the article below for tips from a professional roofer and watch the video at the end to hear Tom explain why he recommends using Malarkey Roofing Products.
How To Prepare Your Roof For Hail
Conducting a Pre-Season Inspection
Identifying Weak Points:
Check for damaged or aging areas on your roof.
Ensure gutters are secure and clean to effectively redirect water.
Remove loose or dead branches near your roof to prevent storm damage.
Start each hail season with a quick inspection of your roof. Look for any areas that might be currently damaged or aging. Check your gutters and make sure they are secure and clean so they can shuttle water away from your roof. Hail will find any weak points in your roof and can potentially create larger problems down the road. Also, check the trees surrounding your roof. Look for any loose or dead branches and remove them prior to any incoming storm if possible. These large branches can break free from the tree and damage your roof during a heavy hail storm. Finally, double-check all skylights and windows are closed and protected as best as possible.
Securing Skylights and Windows
Double-check that all skylights and windows are closed and safeguarded against the elements.
What To Do During A Hail Storm?
Staying Safe During a Hail Storm
Secure Doors and Windows:
Keep them shut to prevent slamming and potential breakage.
Draw curtains to shield against glass breakage from hail impact.
Hennessey Roofing recommends staying safe inside with the doors and windows shut and curtains drawn. Keeping doors and windows shut will prevent them from slamming and possibly breaking. Closing curtains will help ensure that if a window does break, your family or your customers will be safe from any loose glass. We know this part doesn’t have anything to do with your roof, but we care about your safety too!
What To Do After A Hail Storm?
Post-Hail Storm Actions
Professional Roof Inspection
A professional contractor should inspect your roof after a storm, especially since hailstones can cause significant damage at high speeds.
Peace of Mind:
Hennessey Roofing offers free roof inspections in Colorado Springs to prepare you for the next storm.
Have your roof inspected by a professional and stress-free contractor! A two-inch-sized hailstone falls at a rate of roughly 110MPH. At that rate of speed, the hail easily damages older roofs and roofs with existing damage. Even newer roofs with inferior shingles are likely to be damaged during Colorado hail storms. Hennessey Roofing’s team of experts will ensure you peace of mind for the next storm by providing a free roof inspection in Colorado Springs.
Beware of Roofing Scams
Choosing the Right Contractor
Colorado Springs has a high number of seasonal roofing contractors, many of whom may not be reliable for long-term service or warranty work.
Research and Reviews:
Always check a company’s reviews, testimonials, and official website.
Selecting a Local Expert:
Choose a local contractor with a solid reputation, like Hennessey Roofing, for your roofing needs.
Trust Hennessey Roofing for Hail Season Preparedness
Colorado Springs has over 300 licensed roofers. In contrast, that may sound like a lot, but only about 20 roofing contractors are working all year. Most of the others only exist to capitalize on major storms. This creates a problem for homeowners who may need warranty work after the initial work is done. In worst-case scenarios, companies will take a deposit for the repairs or the new roof and then seemingly disappear. Avoid this by always checking reviews and testimonials for a company looking at their websites and noting their location and contact information. Hennessey Roofing suggests selecting a local contractor with high-rated reviews from multiple sources. Truthfully, we humbly prefer that you call us or fill out our contact form and let us help you with your roofing needs.