At Arapahoe, we’ve proudly lived and worked in Colorado for over 55 years. Our state has plenty to offer—breathtaking scenery, natural beauty, and over 300 days of sunshine per year.
But (as you’re probably well aware) enjoying Colorado’s unique climate often comes at a cost…
And summer hailstorms are primarily to blame. From April to September, hail does a number on homes, businesses, vehicles, and more—and it costs Coloradoans millions of dollars each year.
If your home or business was affected by a recent hailstorm, or you think your roof may be damaged, we’re here to help. Our team knows hail repair inside and out—after all, we’ve been dealing with it for over 5 decades.
So, whether your home or business was damaged by recent hailstorms, or you simply want to be prepared for the next one, keep reading! We’ll explain everything you need to know about hail damage, and how to make your roof last with the experts at Arapahoe.
In May of 2017, all it took was a few hours of heavy hail to wreak havoc on thousands of homes. In the Denver Metro area alone, this storm did a whopping $2.3 billion worth of damage!
And in 2018, Colorado became the #1 state in the country for hail insurance claims. Not to mention, Colorado’s hail problems are projected to get more severe in the coming decades.
While modern roofing materials are designed to absorb impacts, preventing hail damage is next to impossible—so, being prepared is the best you can do.
Your home insurance policy is a great place to start. Rising insurance claims and payouts may mean you’re not fully covered for hail damage to your roof.
So, be sure to read the fine print, and rest assured we’ll be here to help you get the most out of your insurance policy, whether you need simple roof repairs or a roof replacement.
Keep this in mind as we dive into the importance of regular roof inspections and maintenance…
Damage to your vehicle will be obvious, and easy to spot—but hail damage to a residential or commercial roof is a much different story…
Most people don’t know what to look for when it comes to a damaged roof. And getting a bird’s eye view of your roof isn’t easy.
Oftentimes, the damage you can’t see is what wreaks havoc on your home. Cracked, loose, or missing shingles can lead to leaks and costly damage. All it takes is one weak point in your roof to create a domino effect of damage.
With that said, we never advise performing an amateur inspection.
We understand the temptation, but climbing around on a potentially damaged roof isn’t worth the risk. There’s a reason the Colorado Roofing Association recommends getting a professional inspection—and our inspections are free!
As we mentioned, hail damage can be insidious, and it may not always be immediately apparent to the untrained eye.
Again, having a roofing expert inspect your roof is crucial, but if you’re willing and able to risk climbing on your roof, here are some common indicators to watch out for:
Dented or Cracked Shingles – Hailstones can leave visible dents or cracks in shingles, compromising their ability to protect your home properly.
Dislodged Granules (Asphalt Roofing) – Look for excessive granule loss on your shingles, as this can expose the underlying material to the elements, leading to leaks and accelerated wear.
Bruising or Soft Spots – Hail impact can cause soft spots or bruising on the roof, often noticeable by slight depressions in the surface.
Damaged Flashing – Check the metal flashing around your chimneys, vents, and skylights for signs of dents or damage caused by hail.
We get it—the last thing you want to worry about is getting your roof inspected and/or repaired. But we’ll be the first to tell you that time is of the essence when it comes to hail damage.
Putting roof damage out of sight and out of mind is a gamble that never pays off, and even minor damage can worsen over time, leading to more extensive issues such as leaks, mold growth, and compromised structural integrity.
The importance of addressing roof damage extends to your insurance policy, too. If damage goes unchecked for too long, your insurer may not cover you for any necessary repairs.
In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to mitigate hail damage, including…
Regular Roof Inspections – Schedule routine inspections with a professional roofing company to identify and address any existing or potential issues before they escalate.
Impact-Resistant Roofing Materials – If it’s time for a roof replacement, consider upgrading to impact-resistant shingles or metal roofing, which are specifically designed to withstand hail damage.
Protective Roof Coatings (Commercial Roofing) – Applying a durable, weather-resistant coating to your roof can provide an extra layer of defense against hail damage.
Tree Trimming – Trimming back low hanging branches can help prevent impact damage.
There’s little you can do to avoid hail damage, so having the right roofing company in your corner is key.
And if you’re looking for professional, no-hassle roof inspections and repairs from a Colorado company, you’re in the right place.
At Arapahoe, we’ve been helping homeowners and business owners keep a roof over their heads for over 55 years. From insurance claims and warranty services, to expert roof repairs and replacements, we’ve got your back every step of the way.
Our team is prepared to tackle hail repairs on virtually any residential and commercial roofing type—and we’re dedicated to helping you find a solution that suits your needs, your home or business, and your budget.
With free inspections and best-in-class service, you can trust our team to get the job done right.
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Think hail might have gotten the best of your roof? We’ve got you covered—schedule your FREE roof inspection now!