Hail repair colorado springs
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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hail causes north of $1 Billion worth of property and crop damage every year in the United States. It’s not unheard of for hail stones to reach 3 inches or more in diameter and can hit the ground at a speed of 100 mph or faster. In cases of severe hailstorms, a real and pressing threat can even be posed to your own safety in addition to your roof. If a hailstorm ever passes over your home, it’s best to remain inside, go to the lowest area and stay away from doors and windows.
If you have ever been subjected to hail in Colorado Springs, then you need to know how to identify the damage caused by it so you that you can file a claim with your insurance company. In most cases it will take a professionally trained eye to spot the damage, but you can do a cursory examination of your own roof if you know what to look for. If you are certain that you need hail damage repair Colorado Springs has expert roofing companies at your service. You will need to call your insurance company requesting an inspection to be done, but first let’s learn a little bit about Hail.
What Is A Hail Stone?
In a nutshell, hail is frozen precipitation. They fall as small, bearing-shaped ice balls. The way they are formed is that if the lower region of a storm system has warm air and the upper regions have absolute freezing air, then hail is developed inside the clouds. As raindrops reach the sub-zero areas, they will freeze into small ice crystals called hail. Their sizes can vary from the size of peas to as large as golf balls or even baseballs.
Hailstorms are among the most destructive of naturally occurring weather calamities because of the severity of the pieces of hail that land all over your home’s exterior including your roof, sidewalks, windows, wall, siding and gutters). It doesn’t matter how tough these exposed areas are, they are not exempt from damage caused by hail. As a residential homeowner or commercial building owner, it’s always a good idea to have a basic understanding of the signs of hail damage and how to get your roof fixed. If you can do an initial assessment on your own, they you are on the right track.
Gutters & Vents
Gutters and downspouts are a good place to start as well as vents, according to experts in the business. They suggest that you walk around your property and do a visual inspection of the affected areas after a hailstorm. If you’re able to find a good handful of granules then your roof has likely been damaged. Be sure to keep these granules in a zip lock baggy for the insurance company adjuster.
Composite (or asphalt) shingles are the most widely used shingles that are installed on roofs. These composite shingles are made asphalt material on a fiberglass matting with ceramic granules covering the top. These granules don’t just act as a protective layer, but also gives the shingle its unique color, helps to protect from UV rays and provides rigidity, strength and resistance to punctures. They also help with the longevity of a shingle. For example, a shingle with granules will last around 20 years, but without granules they will only survive up to 5 years.
The primary damage from hail stones is usually done to this granular layer on the shingle and each strike can cause “bruising” and “shedding”. If hail stones are big enough, they could penetrate straight through the shingle itself.
If asphalt shingles is what you have installed on your roof, then look around for the tiny granules that could have been chipped off. You may see more granules than normal on a newly installed at least until your roof gets broken in. You should also check inside your gutters for any granule run-off.
Usually a dead giveaway to the type of bad hail damage Colorado Springs often gets is when you can see dents on your gutters. If hail is large enough and strong enough to cause dents in your metal gutters, then it’s very likely that damage has been done to your softer asphalt shingles.
Windows & Skylights
Hail can cause a lot of damage to windows and skylights. Other than the noticeable damage like pieces of broken glass, window and skylight frames can just as easily be broken although damage may not be apparent right away. One major sign of damage will be if you see moisture or condensation build up in double or triple layer panes of glass. If you see this, it means the seal that hold the glass panes together has failed which will allow air and moisture in.
Patio & Lawn Furniture
Another good spot to locate hail damage is on your patio and lawn furniture. Just like metal gutters and downspouts, patio and lawn furniture is made up of soft metals that will show dings and dents when hit by hail stones.
Walk On Your Roof
If you’re going to get up on your roof, make sure it’s safe and be careful. You want to look for little dings in your shingles… if you see more than one per square foot, then it’s likely that you would will want a roof replacement since the worst hail Colorado Springs usually sees is between April 15 and September 15 with an increase in frequency in mid June. After your roof has been damaged, excess moisture will cause your shingle to degrade and let water leak into your home. Shingles are pretty sturdy, but if certain parts of your roof are soft to the touch, then it’s likely due to hail damage. If you see any unusual markings, this could signify a problem that a roofing expert.
If you believe that you are in need of hail repair Colorado Springs has some of the best roofing contractors who specialize in this.